The World Olympic Weightlifting Championships are taking place at the Disney Village just outside Paris, France November 5th - 13th. Teams from around the world are competing for the coveted title of World Champion. Heavy favorites coming into the weeks events include a powerful Chinese team as well as the Turkish and Kazakhstan contingencies. Completed thus far are the Womens 48 & 53kg classes as well as the Mens 56 & 62kg classes.
Team USA reports that Darren Barnes broke the Mens 56kg division American Snatch Record yesterday with a very clean 103kg lift. Combing that effort with a 120kg Clean and Jerk gave him a bottom half of the field 223kg total.
The Mens 56kg winner is Jingbaio Wu from China who totaled 292kg, more than 8kg ahead of 2nd place finisher and fellow countryman Chaozun Zhao. In the Mens 62kg class, a close competition between China and Korea saw Jie Zhang squeek by Un Guk Kim by a single kilo, 321kg to 320kg.
On the Womens side, 18yo phenom and Youth record holder Yuan Tian from China put on a clinic by winning the 48kg class by more than 20kg. In the 53kg class, Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan had an impressive 97kg Snatch and a class leading 130kg Clean and Jerk to win over Turkey's Aylin Dasdelin.
Rx Muscle will bring you exclusive photos, interviews and reports daily from the championships in Paris.
Photos of the event are available here: http://tinyurl.com/c4fyyhe
Daily standings are updated on the Parisian Weightlifting site: http://en.paris2011.com/competition/results
Team USA Weightlifting website is: http://weightlifting.teamusa.org/
Many thanks to Jerome Simmonet for his reporting and photography.