The Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, ended on April 30th, with impressive results for the Chinese women’s weightlifting team.
Chinese women won gold in three out of the seven competitions, which makes one wonder, just how strong are these women?
Well, let’s take a look. Zhang Wangli took home first place in the Women’s 69kg at only 19 years old. Here’s her warming up (yes, warming up) by squatting 185 kg, twice. Bear in mind she weighs less than 69 kg:
Not impressive enough? What about Tan Yayun, the winner in the Women’s 48kg. She snatched 88 kg and managed 110 kg in the clean and jerk, ending the competition with a 198 kg total.
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) results show that Tan already has already won three gold medals at the 2014 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and she’s not stopping there. Her ultimate goal is to win gold at the Olympics. Hopefully, she’s staying away from the Chinese meat.
Watch her snatch 85 kg at the World championships in 2014, which is nearly twice her bodyweight:
This is pretty much business as usual for the Chinese women’s weightlifting team. At the 2012 Summer Olympics they won three golds for their country. Back in 2008, weightlifter Chen Xiexia won the first gold medal for the home team at the Beijing Olympics.
Perhaps we can all leave the “A4 waist” obsession behind now. Strong is the new skinny!
By Sarah Grasdijk
[Videos via All Things Gym / hookgrip]