Deng Wei defended her title at the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championship over the weekend. This further cemented her place as one of the best 64kg weightlifters in the world.
When Wei entered this year’s world championships, she did so as a massive favorite in the 64kg division. She had won four previous world titles, and was looking for her fifth. Subsequently the expectations were high for this Chinese competitor.
Deng Wei certainly lived up to those expectations as she took the stage at the big event. She managed to not only win another World Weightlifting Championship, but broke world records along the way. Moreover, she absolutely ran over her fellow competitors, finishing the competition with these lifts:
- Snatch – 116kg
- Clean and Jerk – 145kg
- Total – 261kg
Here is a video of one of her impressive lifts.
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@dengweichina is the epitome of a professional. In a sensational six for six performance Deng Wei did what Deng way does, break all of her own world records and replace them with all new ones, ones that reflect the expansion of her abilities that have come from chipping away at her training day by day. Just 2 days ago in the training hall I saw Deng Wei lifting. She was incredibly thoughtful with each lift, even practicing her hand placement and foot angle upon approaching the barbell. She would walk up to the bar, strap up, get set, and then let go and stand up. She did this in sets of 3 multiple times. Her level of preparation is to the extent of perfecting hand placement and foot angles by millimetres… … Shout-out to @liftinglife for the phenomenal work that they do. Working with these guys all week has been inspiring to say the least! 🏋️♂️🏠🎙 #weightliftinghouse #weightliftinghousepodcast
Going six for six in the day, these performances bested her opponents by more than 10kg. More than that, Wei crushed the records that she set the previous year. These were her lifts from the 2018 IWF World Weightlifting Championships:
- Snatch – 112kg
- Clean and Jerk – 140kg
- Total – 252kg
So in comparison, Deng Wei showed improvement across the board. She increased her total by 9kg, as a result from 4kg in the snatch, and 5kg in the clean and jerk. At just 26 years old, it is clear that she is still improving, and that this world record will continue to grow for as long as she keeps doing what she is doing.
Deng Wei finished the competition in first place, securing her fifth world championship. This is the list of the top ten athletes in the 64kg weight class.
- DENG Wei
- RIM Un Sim
- TOMA Loredana-Elena
- PEREZ TIGRERO Mercedes Isabel
- LEPSA Irina-Lacramioara
Additionally, following the impressive victory, Deng Wei posted a message to her Instagram. Here, she poses with her medal, and thanks her coaches and team.
“I’m the lucky person because I have the best coach and team
can’t get it without you guys”
At such a young age, it is clear that the best is yet to come for Deng Wei. Nevertheless, she continues adding accolades to her mantle, with this just being one of the bookmarks on an already storied career.
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