18 people, including Kim Soo-hyun and Park Hye-jung, will participate in the 2024 Asian Weightlifting Championships

Kim Soo-hyun (Busan Metropolitan City Sports Council) challenges to win the Asian Weightlifting Championships for the second consecutive time. The Korea Weightlifting Federation confirmed and announced on the 26th the 18 representative athletes (9 men and 9 women) who will participate in the 2024 Asian Weightlifting Championships. This competition will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from February 3rd to 10th.Because it is a competition where ranking points for participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics are at stake, the motivation of athletes participating in this competition is greater.

Kim Soo-hyun, who won the women’s 76kg title at the 2023 Asian Championships held in Jinju last year, will compete in the 81kg class at this competition .Kim Soo-hyun is also the silver medalist in the women’s 76kg class at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held in 2023.Weightlifting at the Paris Olympics includes five weight classes for men (61kg, 73kg, 89kg, 102kg, and over 102kg) and five weight classes for women (49kg, 59kg, 71kg, 81kg, It was organized into the 81kg and above class .In order to compete in the 81kg class at the Paris Olympics, Kim Soo-hyun decided to compete by raising his weight class to 81kg starting at the Asian Championships. Hangzhou Asian Games women’s heavyweight (over 87kg) gold medalist Park Hye-jeong (Goyang City Hall) and second place Son Young-hee (Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Office) will also compete for the championship in Tashkent.

As China decided not to participate in the 2024 Asian Weightlifting Championships, Li Wenwen (China), the strongest women’s heavyweight, will not be able to come to Tashkent At last year’s Jinju Asian Championships, Lee Won-won won, and Park Hye-jung and Son Young-hee took second and third places. In the men’s division, Jin Yun-seong (Goyang City Hall) and Jang Yeon-hak (Asan City Hall) in the 102kg class are considered favorites for the championship .At the 2023 Jinju Competition, Jin Yun-seong took second place and Jang Yeon-hak took third place, but Nurgisa Adiretuli (Kazakhstan), who won at the time, tested positive in a doping test, so Jin Yun-seong and Jang Yeon-hak were promoted to first and second places, respectively. Jin Yun-seong and Jang Yeon-hak will compete for the championship in Tashkent as well. Hangzhou Asian Games women’s 87kg class silver medalist Yoon Ha-je (Gimhae City Hall) and men’s 67kg class bronze medalist Lee Sang-yeon (Suwon City Hall) are also aiming for medals. Lee Sang-yeon will compete in the 슬롯게이밍 73kg class at this competition.

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