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Chen Lijun Wins Asian Champs with 3 World Records

The Chinese 67 Chen Lijun blew his competition out of the park yesterday with an incredible 154 kg world record snatch, a 185 kg world record clean and jerk, and a 339 kg world record total.

Last year at the 2018 World Championships Chen made his debut in the new 67 kg class with a 150 kg snatch and a 182 kg clean and jerk, another easy win and a sizable 1,111 Robi points. Considering he had lifted 150/183 kg as a 62 kg lifter back at the 2015 worlds, a performance for which he earned the 35th highest Sinclair ever of 474, his performance in 2018 was slightly under his best.

His 154/185 kg were all-time international bests for Chen and drew him almost back in line with the phenomenal feat of 2015: 459 Sinclair vs 474 Sinclair. Furthermore, he earned a dominant 1,190 Robi points which puts his total Robi points for this 1st qualifying period at 2,301, far more than anyone else in this class.

Chen has now totalled in two of the necessary four competitions that he will need for Olympic qualification. Considering he beat his teammate Huang Minhao by 9 kg at worlds and Feng Lüdong yesterday at the Asian championships also by 9 kg, he is certainly set as the number one 67 in China, a position that, if he keeps, will allow him a chance at an Olympic gold medal, the only international gold medal he has yet to earn.

    Seb Ostrowicz
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