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WUC Weightlifting closes with the heavyweights

Championships 24 September 2018

BIALA PODLASKA – The heavyweights got into action on the final day of the 2018 World University Weightlifting Championship. USA, Austria and Germany vied for the top positions in the men’s 105kg and shared the snatch medals. Florian Koch from Austria was best in snatch, but in clean and jerk Lin Sheng-Lun from Chinese Taipei rose to prominence. However, the overall winner was Bjorn Günther from Germany.


In the women’s 90kg, Tom Goegebuer’s lifter, European Championship silver medallist Anna Van Bellinghen represented Belgium, won hands down, and added three WUC gold medals to her collection.

In the women’s +90kg, 2017 Universiade 4th Korean Ko A-Rang and 2016 WUC 3rd Mexican Gladis G. Bueno Placencia were fighting for the gold medals. Since the Korean was better on both lifts, finishing with 339kg in total, she won all the three gold medals ahead of Bueno.


The men’s superheavies were last to board the platform. Serbia’s Tamas Kajdoci came out last but in snatch he received strong competition from Yun-Ting Hsieh (TPE) who received the gold for 170kg, four kilograms over the Serbian’s. Excitement rose in clean and jerk where Kajdoci met his match in Masahiro Nonaka from Japan. Their chase ended with the Serbian tackling 222kg successfully for a 388kg winning total.

The WUC in Biala Podlaska came to an end with a Closing Ceremony whereby FISU 1st Vice-President Leonz Eder praised the organisers and the excellence of the participants.


“As FISU Technical Delegate for Weightlifting, I am happy and proud to have had another successful World University Championships like this one in Biala Podlaska. All participants had a great time and enjoyed perfect competing, lodging and catering conditions. Last but not least, we must be grateful to the hosts for their traditional warm Polish hospitality,” said Anikó Németh-Móra, in charge of supervising the event. “The IWF has also expressed its full satisfaction and appreciation to the hosts for what was an entirely excellent event with 26 countries participating,” confirmed IWF Technical Delegate Mátyás Lencsér.


The final results of all competitions can be found here.