Taiwanese weightlifter wins three gold medals in Asian championships

04/20/2021 10:48 PM
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Weightlifter Chen Wen-hui (center). Photo courtesy of Chen
Weightlifter Chen Wen-hui (center). Photo courtesy of Chen's coach Lin Geng-neng (林敬能)

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Taiwanese female weightlifter Chen Wen-hui (陳玟卉) on Tuesday clinched three gold medals at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Uzbekistan, making her the second Taiwanese athlete to earn a medal in the ongoing tournament that serves as a qualifying contest for the Tokyo Olympics.

Chen, who competed in the women's 64 kilogram division, won gold in the snatch with a lift of 100 kg before taking another in the clean and jerk event with a lift of 128 kg.

The two lifts combined totaled 228 kg, giving her a third gold in the event.

Chen's medals came a day after her countrywoman, Taiwan's top female weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳), broke two world records and won three gold medals at the same championships to give her a berth at the Tokyo Olympics.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) organized a qualification period -- from November 2018 to this month -- so that athletes could meet participation requirements to qualify for the Tokyo games.

The qualification period was divided into three, with the athletes participating in six events, at least one of which must take place in each of the three periods.

The points are calculated by adding up the four best results from the six events and the top eight athletes then qualify to compete in Tokyo.

Previously, Chen ranked No. 17 in the world in her weight class and her point total is expected to see a major boost following her performance Tuesday.

Chen's triple gold medal finish came after the top weightlifter in her division, China's Deng Wei (鄧薇), decided not to attend the the world championships being held in Tashkent until April 25.

(By Long Po-an and Joseph Yeh)

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