Saudi Arabia’s Mansour Abdulrahim M Al Saleem topped the standings in the men’s 56 kilogram Group B on the opening day of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships here today.
Al Saleem lifted 123kg to hold the lead after the snatch and, despite finishing sixth in the clean and jerk with 144kg, his overall total of 267kg bettered that of all his competitors ahead of tomorrow’s Group A.
Thailand’s Witoon Mingmoon was second with 265kg, while Indonesia’s Surahmat Bin Suwoto Wijoyo came third with 261kg.
Meanwhile in the women’s 48kg Group B, South Korea’s Jyoung Hwa Im headed the charts with a total of 188kg.
Like Al Saleem, Im led the way after the snatch with 85kg before adding 103kg from the clean and jerk.
Indonesia's Sri Wahyuni Agustiani ranked first in the clean and jerk but had to settle for third overall with 182kg, one behind the runner-up Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India.
Earlier in the men’s 56kg Group C, Japan’s Hiroaki Takao and Ecuador’s Enmanuel Enrique Rocafuerte Buenaire finished joint top on 248kg, followed by Chinese Taipei’s Chi-Chung Tan on 245kg.
Spain’s Estefania Juan Tello and the Dominican Republic’s Candida Vasquez Hernandez both registered 168kg in the women’s 48kg Group C, with home favourite Kathleen Danielle Winters in third on 165kg.
As for the men’s 62kg Group D, Chinese Taipei’s Chan-Hung Kao ranked first with a total of 276kg ahead of Kyrgyzstan’s Syrgak Abdyramanov on 265kg and Uganda’s Charles Ssekyaaya on 263kg.
Joining the men's 56kg Group A and women's 48kg Group A on tomorrow’s schedule is the men’s 62kg Group C, women’s 53kg Group C, men’s 62kg Group B and women’s 53kg Group B.
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