Thailand claimed a one-two in the women's 45kg category on day one of the IWF World Championships in Colombia ©ITG

Thailand claimed first and second place in the opening medal event of the 2022 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships here in Bogotá, Colombia, the first qualifying competition for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

A noisy crowd at the Gran Carpa Américas Corferias cheered the Colombian Manuela Berrio on every lift as she finished third.

Thanyathon Sukcharoen, 25, won the women’s 45 kilograms with five good lifts for her second straight world title at the minimum body weight.

Sukcharoen, of Thailand, made 82-100-182, her best since 2018 and 10kg more than her winning total last year.

Her 28-year-old team-mate Sirivimon Pramongkhol made all six lifts for 78-102-180 and claimed the clean and jerk gold medal as well as silvers in snatch and total.

In 13 competitions since she began as a 15-year-old, Sukcharoen has never once finished off the podium in international weightlifting, although she forfeited a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Championships because of a doping violation.

Pramongkhol, a fourth-place finisher at London 2012 when she was aged 17, was also disqualified four years ago after finishing first at 49kg.

Thailand finished 2018 with 10 doping violations, nine of them at the IWF World Championships and one at the Youth Olympic Games.

That led to a suspension for "bringing weightlifting into disrepute", which kept Thailand out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sukcharoen’s victory at the 2021 IWF World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan was Thailand’s first significant success since the suspension ended in June last year.

Thailand will have hopes of a third medal tomorrow when Seerapong Silachai competes in the men’s 55kg, in which he has the joint highest entry total.

Berrio, who finished second behind Sukcharoen in Tashkent last year, took bronze on snatch, clean and jerk and total as she was cheered on by a noisy crowd.

She added plenty of noise herself, screaming loudly after her five successful lifts.

Her 77-93-170 gave her the same total as when she finished second last year.

Her mother Leddy Andrea Zuluaga is her coach, and also coaches Lesman Paredes, the 96kg snatch world record holder who now competes for Bahrain.

It was a good start for Colombia, which is hosting a World Championships for the first time and is fielding a maximum team of 20.

Before the lifting started all of Colombia’s Olympic medallists in weightlifting were honoured at a presentation during the Opening Ceremony.

Among them was Colombia’s Sports Minister Maria Isabel Urrutia, who gave a welcome speech.

Urrutia became her country’s first Olympic champion in any sport, and its first weightlifting medallist, when she won at 75kg in Sydney 2000.

The 38-year-old American Cicely Kyle, who made only two good lifts in finishing fifth on 162kg, was the second lifter of that age in action on the day.

The first was Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea, who began her quest to qualify for a sixth Olympic Games in the 49kg C Group.