China’s team for the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships has been revealed.
Men’s 61 Li Fabin, Qin Fulin
Li Fabin is a former world junior champion. He claimed silver at the 2018 World Championships. With best lifts of 142/168/310, he stands a good chance of setting a snatch world record (the standard is 144) and is not far away from Indonesian Eko Yuli
Qin Fulin will also have a good chance of challenging for records and the win in this category. While his best total is a couple of kilos below that of Li Fabin, he actually has a higher best clean and jerk at 169, so if he can improve his snatch, we could see an epic battle between the two Chinese and the Indonesian lifter.
Men’s 67 Chen Lijun, Feng Lüdong
Chen Lijun has won three World Championships (2013, 2015,2018). He also holds the total world record in this category at 332. The snatch and clean and jerk records are still standards though, so he will surely set his sights on those at this competition. He won’t have to improve his current bests (151 and 183) by much to hit the target numbers of 154 and 185.
Feng Lüdong has cut some weight to compete in this category. He took a bronze medal as a 73 kg lifter at the 2018 World Championships. His best numbers (160/183/340) will be competitive if he manages to maintain them while cutting.
Men’s 73 Shi Zhiyong, Yuan Chengfei
Rio gold medalist Shi Zhiyong won the 2018 World Championships in this category and holds all the world records (164/196/360) so is a huge
We haven’t seen Yuan Chengfei compete internationally since
Men’s 81Lü Xiaojun, Li Dayin
London 2012 gold medalist and 2018 World Champion Lü Xiaojun surprisingly
Li Dayin appeared on the international scene as if out of nowhere at the 2018 World Championships and immediately set the total world record (375). The snatch record might be out of his reach but he will have his eyes on the clean and jerk standard of 206, which is just a couple of kilos above his current best.
Men’s 96 Tian Tao
Tian Tao won the Asian Championships in 2014. Since then, he has claimed Olympic and World silver medals. Sohrab Moradi won’t be lifting here so Tian Tao can have a shot at his world records of 186/230/416. He will have to improve on his bests of 181/226/407 but it’s possible.
Men’s 109 Yang Zhe
Yang Zhe has won the Asian Championships three times (2010,2011,2014) but since then has not managed an international gold. He has claimed a World Championships silver (2018) but fell short at the 2016 Olympics, finishing fourth. For a lifter with bests of 196/225/419, the clean and jerk and total world records (240 and 435) look unassailable but he matched the snatch world record in Ashgabat last year, so he will likely take a shot at that here.
Women’s 49 Hou Zhihui, Zhang Rong
Despite holding the snatch (94) and total (210) records in this category, Hou Zhihui is still trying for her first senior world or continental gold. She took silver at the 2018 World Championships with a 93/115/208 performance but her best lifts of 95 and 118 came in 2015. The clean and jerk record (120) is currently held by Chayuttra Pramongkhol (Thailand) but she won’t be competing here – she failed a drugs test in February and is suspended pending the outcome of her case. That record may well be wiped, so Hou Zhihui could well end up with all three records.
Women’s 55 Liao Qiuyun
Liao Qiuyun is another Chinese lifter who is eyeing up world records likely to be vacated due to a Thai lifter failing a drugs test, in this case Sukanya Srisurat. Liao Qiuyun hit 96/125/221 at the IWF World Cup earlier this year, doing well enough to be selected ahead of the more experienced Li Yajun, who is a reserve for the China team.
Women’s 59 Chen Guiming
Chen Guiming won a silver medal at the 2018 World Championships but her best performance 100/135/235 came in 2015 at a World Cup competition in China. She also has a silver from the 2016 Asian Championships, so she’ll be hoping to go one better here. She holds the clean and jerk world record but is capable of challenging Hsing-Chun Kuo (Chinese Taipei) for the other records.
Women’s 64 Deng Wei
Deng Wei has dominated this category in recent years, taking gold at the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 World Championships. She holds all the world records (113/141/254) and it is difficult to see anyone else challenging her here, in the rest of qualification or in Tokyo.
Women’s 76 Wang Zhouyu, Zhang Wangli
Wang Zhouyu does not have many international appearances to her name but they have been successful. She took gold at the 2015 Asian Championships and the 2018 World Championships. Her bests of 120/152/270 are close to the numbers required to challenge her teammate Zhang Wangli for world records, especially on snatch where she is stronger.
Zhang Wangli has won her international medals as a lighter lifter but has moved up to 76 in 2019, presumably as her target Olympic category. Nevertheless, she already holds the clean and jerk and total world records in the category and will be aiming to extend them.
Women’s 87 Ao Hui
Ao Hui won gold at the 2018 World Championships with 117/151/268. Those numbers are a way off the world standards of 132/164/294 so this is one category where we are unlikely to see a Chinese attempt at setting records.
Women’s 87+ Meng Suping, Li Wenwen
Meng Suping won Olympic gold in 2016 but has had to be satisfied with silvers in other world-level competitions, having been beaten by world record holder Tatiana Kashirina (Russia) multiple times. She has a chance to take a shot at Kashirina’s records (146/185/331) and looks capable of breaking them.
Teenager Li Wenwen picked up silver behind her teammate at the IWF World Cup 2019, with 142/182 for a 324 kg total. She will likely finish behind Meng Suping here as well but, at just eighteen, she will likely still be lifting and improving when her thirty-year-old teammate retires.