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Taiwan weightlifters win medals at world championships

2017/12/05 21:31:17


Anaheim, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwan won a total of two gold medals and two silvers at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California, which concluded Monday.

Taiwanese Olympic medalist Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) who competed in the women's 58-kilogram (kg) weight class won a silver in the snatch at 105 kg, a gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 135 kg and another gold in the combined lift with a total of 240 kg.

Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) who competed in the women's 53 kg weight class sustained an elbow injury when attempting her third snatch, but completed a lift of 93 kg during her second lift which won her a silver medal.

Photo shows Hsu's elbow injury/photo courtesy of Tsai Wen-yi (蔡溫義)

A total of 11 contestants from Taiwan participated in the competition.

Taiwan's weightlifting team coach Tsai Wen-yi (蔡溫義) claimed that the spotlight at the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston distracted many contestants, resulting in poorer performances.

This year, despite better preparation, the organizers used rotating spotlights in the arena which many lifters found similarly distracting, Tsai said.

Photo taken from Weightlifting World Championships official website

However, Tsai added that the experience of taking part in the international competition is beneficial for Taiwanese athletes who will compete in next year's Asian Games.

There were also more Japanese contestants than usual, said Tsai, adding that it was due to Japan hosting the 2020 Olympic Games and the country using a lot of resources to ensure its athletes receive the best training possible.

Despite that, it will be hard for Japan to catch up to Taiwan in the time left as weightlifting is all about experience, he said.

"Not to worry, I believe we will perform better than they at the Tokyo Olympics," he added.

(By Edward Tsao and William Yen)