We kick off the day with snatch, where Colombia’s Edwin Mosquera Roa took the lead early on, by setting the bar high with a 140kg snatch. However, disaster struck in his third and final attempt, when he couldn’t thrust the bar up with his waist high enough to get his body underneath the bar in an overhead squat position – the buzzer went off and he dropped the weight. A disapointing way to finish the day, but he still got fourth place in the final snatch scoreboard.
Moldova’s Serghei Cechir – who was tying with Mosquera Roa for the top spot before his third lift mishap – knocked him off poll position with a dramatic 144kg snatch. Won Jeonsik from Korea came a close second though, lifting 143kg, and Spainish lifter David Sanchez Lopez took third with a 142kg lift. A very tight top three indeed at the end of the snatch, so everything was to play for in the clean and jerk half.
Defending his top spot, Serghei Cechir set the bar with a great 170 lift on his first attempt – only to be tied once again with the Mosquera Roa, who lifted 140 as well on his second attempt, using the split-jerk technique.
Saudi Arabia’s own Al Duhaylib had a disapointing end to his day, when he seemed to have pulled a hamstring while trying to lift 171kg on his second attempt. He hobbled off the stage, and wasn’t seen again.
It was apparent that the clean and jerk is the favoured lift, where most of the division were hoping to get most of their points. This was reflected when Uzbekistani Yokubov lifted 172 with ease, despite not making it in the top four earlier in the day for snatch.
The event ended with Serghei Cechir defending his reign at the top, with his highest clean and jerk a whopping 177kg, tallying his total score to 322kg. South Korea’s Won Jeongsik came in a close second, with his highest clean and jerk also at 177, but total only a 320. Spain’s David S. Lopez came third, with a strong lift of 175kg, but this only brought his total up to 317
Kicking off the women’s side was the Egyptian competitor Esraa Ahmed, who took an early lead and set the weight to beat at a 100kg. This left a considerable gap between her and Cuba’s competitor Marina Mitjan, who’s best lift was only 94kg, and third place came Japan’s own Namika Matsumoto, who only achieved 90kg in her first lift, and failed in her second and third attempts. This gap worked well for Esraa going into the clean and jerk, as it gives more room for hitting less than other contenders.
However, this was not the case as Esraa continued her streak into the second part of the event, by lifting an impressive 116kg. However, her position was compromised by Marina Mitjan, who lifted a much higher 121kg. This was clearly Mitjan’s favoured lift, and she would have to dig deep to come up with a total to beat Esraa. This massive clean and jerk added to her total score of now 215kg, and put her within a kilo of tying with Esraa on their total score, who had 216kg total, and Esraa had already used up all of her attempts, so there was no improvement available.
With one attempt left, Marina knew she had to lift 125kg in order to overtake Esraa Ahmed’s lead of just one kilo in the total weight. She went into her last attempt and tried to hoist 125kg, but this was just too heavy. Esraa kept her number one spot by a mere kilo, thanks to her strong snatch in the first half. Mitjan came second, and Japan’s Matsumoto came third with a total weight of 205. A nail biting finale, but it just shows that the first half is crucial to getting a high overall score.