More disappointment for India as Shi retains world title

Teenage lifter Achinta Sheuli finishes 25th in 73kg category as Shi Zhiyong claims third World Weightlifting Championship crown in commanding fashion.

By Naveen Peter ·

India’s below-par show at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships continued as Achinta Sheuli failed to make an impact in the men’s 73kg class on Saturday in Pattaya, Thailand.

The 18-year-old national champion tallied a total lift of 301 kg (135+166) to finish 25th.

He was 61kg behind Olympic champion Shi Zhiyong who set world records in the clean and jerk and for total weight lifted.

Sheuli struggles as Shi puts on champion show

Sheuli started his day with a successful snatch of 130kg.

But he failed at 135kg before succeeding at the same weight with his third and final lift to leave himself in 21st place.

He also had a mixed time in the clean and jerk, lifting 162kg and 166kg on his two attempts before failing on his final attempt at 170kg.

While Sheuli struggled, Shi claimed his third world title in style.

A snatch of 166kg gave the 25-year-old Chinese a lead of nine kilogrammes over his rivals.

But he raised his level further in the clean and jerk, beating his own world record with a lift of 197kg to beat the mark he set at last year's Worlds in Turkmenistan by one kilo.

Shi won gold with a new world record total of 363kg, a whopping 16kg clear of North Korea's O Kang-Chol.

Bozhidar Andreev of Bulgaria was 3kg further back on 346kg as he took the bronze.