The World Weightlifting Championship has started in the capital of Uzbekistan today. Over the next 10 days (the competition will last until December 17), weightlifters will compete for 20 sets of awards in 10 weight categories for men and women.
Initially, the 2021 World Cup was to be held in the capital of Peru - Lima. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Cup was canceled.
432 athletes from 74 countries of the world arrived in Tashkent to participate in the competition. Two weeks before the start of the world championship, the PRC national team refused to participate in the competition, due to problems associated with antiquarian measures. Also, weightlifters from South Africa and Botswana did not come to Tashkent.
11 athletes will represent Turkmenistan at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championship.
In the entire history of the World Weightlifting Championships, only 2 athletes from Turkmenistan have been awarded the title of champions.
In 1993, making his debut under the flag of Turkmenistan at international competitions, Altymurad Orazdurdyev won the gold medal at the World Championship in Melbourne in the weight category up to 76 kg (in the snatch he lifted 167,5 kg, and in the clean and jerk 202,5 kg. The sum of the double event 370 kg - by that moment is a world record).
In 2021, the Turkmen weightlifter Yulduz Jumabayeva was awarded the gold of the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship in the weight category up to 45 kg. Initially, Tunya Sukcharoen from Thailand took the lead in this weight. Later, the Thai athlete was disqualified and deprived of a medal for violating anti-doping rules, which became known after rechecking the samples of athletes who performed at the 2018 World Cup in Ashgabat. As a result of the redistribution of medals, Yulduz Jumabayeva was declared the winner.
We remind you, on June 27, 2021, weightlifter Polina Guryeva won the first Olympic medal in the history of independent Turkmenistan. She won a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in the up to 59 kg weight category.