‘Post-Rose’ Park Hye-jung wins three women’s heavyweight gold medals at the World Weightlifting Championships… and it’s not even a rose.
‘Second Rose’ Park Hye-jung (20-Goyang City Hall) became the first Korean athlete to win three gold medals in the women’s heaviest weight class at the World Weightlifting Championships.
Park lifted 124 kilograms in the snatch, 165 kilograms in the jerk, and 289 kilograms in the total to take first place in all three categories at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday.
At the Olympic and Asian Games, weightlifting medals are awarded for the total, but at the World Championships, medals are awarded for the lift, snatch, and total.
It has been two years since a South Korean weightlifter won the women’s heavyweight title at the World Championships, with Son Young-hee (30, Busan City Sports Association) winning in 2021. However, China, the world’s strongest weightlifting nation, did not compete at the 2021 Games. Son won gold in the jerk and total, but settled for silver in the lift.
Taking the top three spots in the women’s heaviest weight class at the world championships is something that even South Korean weightlifting superstar Jang Jang-ran, the vice minister of culture, sports and tourism, hasn’t accomplished. Jang won four gold medals at the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 World Championships, winning the Yongshang and the total, but lost the lifting gold to another athlete.
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Li Wenyuan (CHN), who holds all three women’s world records in the heaviest weight class (148kg in the lift, 187kg in the snatch and 335kg in the total), withdrew after failing to clear 130kg in the first and second lifts.스포츠토토
Marie Tyson-Raffen (USA) finished second with a total of 277 kg (117 kg in the vault and 160 kg in the beam). She was 12 kilograms behind Park. Park’s compatriot, Son Young-hee, finished second in the vault with 122 kilograms, but after failing her first attempt at 157 kilograms, she abandoned her second and third attempts and did not record a total.
Park Hye-jung and Son Young-hee will be back in action at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which begin on March 23.