"We are proud that FISU chose us to organise the competition", said Mr. Arie Rozenzweig, the Chairman of ASA, the Israeli Member Association of FISU.
Igor Bour from Moldova won the gold medal in the 56kg men’s category with a total result of 258 kg. The silver medal went to Chi-Chung Tan from Chinese Taipei (240 kg) and the bronze medal to Smbat Margaryan (231 kg).
In the 62kg men’s competition, Yoichi Itokazu from Japan won the gold with an outstanding result (290kg.), while silver went to Ghenadie Dodoglo from Moldova (267kg.) and Tomohiro Tamayose from Japan (255kg.) settled for the bronze.
In the 48kg women’s category, Yunhua He from China lifted 178kg which got her the gold medal. Silver went to Suzanna Sanchez from USA (142kg.) and bronze to Emilia Malec from Poland (139kg.)
In the 53kg women’s category, the gold medal went to another Chinese lifter, Xiaoting Chen (213kg.). Kittima Sutanan from Thailand (204kg.) won silver and Rosane Santos from Brazil (177kg.) got bronze. In this weight category also participated Aksana Zalatarova from Israel, winning the 4th place with a total result of 143kg.
"Chinese lifters are one level higher than the rest of the world, mainly in the lighter categories" said Dr. Yerucham Barak, the Chairman of the Organising Committee. He added that "the competition is well known in the weightlifting world, and lifters are highly motivated to participate. We have here Olympic high-level athletes. I expect a very interesting competition."
Competitions will continue until November 9th in the "Begin Sports Hall" in Eilat, with an expected participation of more than 200 weightlifters from over 40 countries, a participation record for this FISU championship.