The Asian Weightlifting Championships began in Ningbo ©AWF

Saudi Arabia’s Mansour Al-Saleem emerged men’s 55 kilogram champion as the Asian Weightlifting Championships began at Ningbo in China.

Al-Saleem delivered an impressive performance at Ningbo Youngor Gymnasium, his effort in the snatch event proving vital.

He lifted 122 kilograms to head the standings, with Kazakhstan’s Arli Chontey and Malaysia’s Azroy Hazalwafie following on 113kg and 112kg, respectively.

The clean and jerk discipline saw Al-Saleem again head the leaderboard on 140kg.

Hazalwafie lifted just four kilograms less in second, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara was third on 135kg.

Al-Saleem’s efforts in both disciplines saw him convincingly clinch the overall title with a combined 262kg.

He finished ahead of Hazalwafie on 248kg, while Chontey placed third on 246kg.

World Championship silver medallist Li Fabin emerged the winner of the under-61kg competition.

The Chinese lifter topped the snatch standings by lifting 141kg, before repeating the feat in the clean and jerk with 171.

His total of 312kg saw him crowned overall champion.

Qin Fulin finished second to his team-mate, having ended with a total score of 302kg.

Indonesia's Eko Yuli Irawan placed third on 299kg. 

A further eight days of competition will take place in China.

Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.