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Huihua betters Mirabai Chanu's World record

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Last updated on: September 06, 2023 04:32 IST
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IMAGE: Jiang Huihua broke Mirabai Chanu’s clean and jerk World record. Photograph: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports/Twitter

Chinese lifter Jiang Huihua obliterated Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Mirabai Chanu's clean and jerk World record by lifting 120kg at the World Championships, in Riyadh, on Tuesday.

The Indian had lifted a record 119kg in the women's 49kg clean and jerk section at the 2021 Asian Championships as she successfully defended her World Championships crown.


The Chinese lifter also created a new World record for the total lift, heaving 215kg, two kilograms better than the previous World mark (213kg), which was in her compatriot and reigning Olympic champion Hou Zhihui's name.

Huihua lifted 95kg in snatch to claim the top honours in the marquee event.

Zhihui finished second 211kg (95kg+116kg) while USA's Jourdan Delacruz 200kg (88kg+112kg) took home the bronze medal.

Chanu, who is the frontrunner in the weight class, had withdrawn from the competition after weighing in as she focusses on the Asian Games, scheduled to begin later this month.

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