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World Championships 2019 – Day 8 Roundup


This A group looked like being extremely tight. On snatches, nine lifters planned to open between 100 and 105. There were even 110 (from Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan MGL) and 111 (Lee Jieun KOR) snatches from the B group that looked like they might potentially come into play.

Three lifters opened at 105 – Lidia Valentin Perez (ESP), Leidy Solis Arboleda (COL) and Darya Naumava (BLR). Kim Suhyeon (KOR), however, waited and didn’t come out until the bar reached 106. She succeeded to take the early advantage, over the other A group lifters at least.

Plenty of made lifts brought most lifters up to around 106 with their second attempts, including Jenny Arthur (USA) and Dayana Chirinos Leon (VEN). A slip up from any of the favourites would give any of a handful of lifters a chance at a medal with their final snatch.

Valentin made 108 on second attempt but Leidy Solis Arboleda (COL) couldn’t follow up her strong opener and failed at 108 on her second attempt. She missed it on her third attempt as well, likely putting her out of the running for the total. Darya Naumava (BLR) opted to take 109 to open up a slender lead. She made the lift but the jury wanted to take a look. Fortunately for her, they were not unanimous and the lift stood.

Kim Suhyeon (KOR) took the heaviest second attempt at 110, but couldn’t get the lockout and almost ended up placing the bar on the top of her head. It was looking increasingly likely that the snatches from the B group would hold up for medals. Kim Suhyeon then took 111, meaning her teammate Lee was guaranteed a medal. She got it, possibly not getting a snatch medal but putting her in a good position for the total.

Lidia Valentin couldn’t manage 112 on her third attempt. Neither could Darya Naumava (BLR), meaning that the gold and bronze snatch medals went to the top two B group lifters.

On clean and jerks, the B group lifts were not as strong, so it was left to the A group lifters to battle for the medals.

Kim Suhyeon (KOR), who favourite to take clean and jerk and total golds, missed her first two lifts at 137. Then, on her thrid attempt, she failed again despite a brave effort during which she chased the bar all the way to the corner of the platform. She had already used her challenge card unsuccessfully so could not appeal the press out decision.

With Kim bombing out, the opportunity was presented for any of four lifters to grab gold. Lidia Valentin Perez (ESP) was first to stake her claim, hitting 138 to put up a 246 total.

Jenny Arthur (USA) was content to take 139 for a 245 total and. She got it ot guarantee a clean and jerk medal and sat second in total.

Dayana Chirinos Leon (VEN) couldn’t hit 139, so she missed out on the medals. That left the final lifter, Leidy Solis Arboleda (COL), with an all-or-nothing lift at 142. Missing it would have left her with no medals. However, she hit it to take clean and jerk and total golds and become the world champion, beating the previous champion Lidia Valentin by one kilo.


SnatchClean and JerkTotal
GoldLee Jieun (KOR) – 111Leidy Solis Arboleda (COL) – 142Leidy Solis Arboleda (COL) – 247
SilverKim Suhyeon (KOR) – 111Jenny Arthur (USA) – 139Lidia Valentin Perez (ESP) – 238
BronzeAnkhtsetseg Munkhjantsan – MGLLidia Valentin Perez (ESP) – 138Jenny Arthur (USA) – 139


The A group snatches saw a lot of made lifts. Four lifters went 3/3 .

Dmytro Chumak (UKR), who was one of the favourites to take medals in this group, struggled a bit. He dropped his opener from 180 to 176 but nevertheless missed it twice. He did get it on third attempt but the missed attempts put a big dent in his ambitions.

Jin Yunseong (KOR) hit 181 after a tremendous battle, rocked right back on his heels in the receive position. Yauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) missed 182, Jin’s 181 proved to be enough for the snatch gold and he still had one lift left to widen his lead. He narrowly couldn’t get 183 but still took the gold and a slender one-kilo lead in the total.

On clean and jerks, there were again a lot of made lifts. All but one lifter got their opener. Only four missed their second attempt.

Samvel Gasparyan (ARM), the snatch bronze medalist, missed his second attempt (216) and struggled from the stage, likely with cramp. After treatment, he made the clean on his third attempt but couldn’t get the jerk.

Dmytro Chumak (UKR) missed the chance of a total medal when he missed 217 on second attempt. He got it on third however and it was ultimately enough for a clean and jerk bronze.

Yauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) hit 218 with his last attempt to claim a clean and jerk medal and go into a strong position on total. Both Korean lifters missed 219, leaving Reza Dehdar (IRI) to take 219 for the clean and jerk gold and bronze on total. For the second time in two days, there was some confusion involving an Iranian lifter when a late change meant the jury had to delay the competition while who should lift next was clarified. Today, though, the problem did not affect the Iranian and he hit the 219 to claim a gold medal, rounding off a 6/6 performance.

Yauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) took the total gold with a consistent performance, making two snatches and two clean and jerks, taking silver medals on the individual lifts.


SnatchClean and JerkTotal
GoldJin Yunseong (KOR) – 181Reza Dehdar (IRI) – 219Yauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) – 398
SilverYauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) – 180Yauheni Tsikhantsou (BLR) – 218Jin Yunseong (KOR) – 397
BronzeSamvel Gasparyan (ARM) – 178Dmytro Chumak (UKR) – 217Reza Dehdar (IRI) – 394

Latest Medal Table

2DPR Korea795
6Chinese TaiPei210
9South Korea220
21Saudi Arabia002
27Great Britain001

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