Snatches started really well in the Women’s 59 kg A group. There were nine good lifts before Zoe Smith (GBR) missed 96 on her second attempt. Every lifter apart from Boyanka Kostova (AZE) made their openers. Sadly, Kostova went on to bomb out, missing 103 three times, looking nothing like the lifter she was a few years ago, when she snatched 112 as a 58.
The battle for snatch gold came down to Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) and Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE), the world record holder. It was all about who made their lifts and Kuo blinked first, missing her second attempt at 106 and having to be content to hit it on her third, equalling her world record. The North Korean showed why consistency is so important by going 3/3, hitting 107 in her third attempt to claim the snatch world record and the gold here.
Clean and jerks featured just nine missed lifts from the ten athletes, three of them from Maria Lobon Viafara (COL) who bombed. Three lifters went 3/3 – Rebeka Koha (LAT) and the two front runners, Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) and Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE).
The Taipei and Korean lifters pushed each other all the way, so it seemed inevitable that a world record clean and jerk would be required to win gold. As it turned out, even a world record was not enough. Choe hit 138 on her third attempt to set new clean and jerk and total world records. However, Kuo had a lift remaining, which she used to hit 140 to reclaim her world records and take the gold in clean and jerk and total.
|Snatch||Clean and Jerk||Total|
|Gold||Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 107||Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) – 140||Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) – 246|
|Silver||Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) – 106||Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 138||Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 245|
|Bronze||Chen Guiming (CHN) – 101||Chen Guiming (CHN) – 132||Chen Guiming (CHN) – 233|
- Snatch world record – Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 107
- Clean and jerk world record – Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 138 (later broken)
- Total world record – Choe Hyo Sim (PRK) – 245 (later broken)
- Clean and jerk world record – Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) – 140
- Total world record – Kuo Hsing-Chun (TPE) – 246
A Group Results
|Name||Nation||Sn 1||Sn 2||Sn 3||C+J 1||C+J 2||C+J 3||Total|
|2||CHOE Hyo Sim||PRK||100||104||107||130||135||138||245|
|4||SILGADO ATENCIO Rosive Andrea||COL||93||96||x98||121||126||x128||222|
|8||GOMEZ VALDIVIA Janeth||MEX||92||95||x98||114||118||x121||213|
|9||KOSTOVA Boyanka Minkova||AZE||x103||x103||x103||120||x125||—||—|
|10||LOBON VIAFARA Maria Camila||COL||95||x98||x98||x120||x120||x120||—|
A Group Start List
|CHOE Hyo Sim||PRK||240|
|SILGADO ATENCIO Rosive Andrea||COL||225|
|LOBON VIAFARA Maria Camila||COL||225|
|KOSTOVA Boyanka Minkova||AZE||235|
|GOMEZ VALDIVIA Janeth||MEX||221|