Held in Bangkok, Thailand from April 4 to April 10, the 2017 IWF Youth World Championships was participated by 445 young weightlifters from 52 countries.
|Chomchuen twins of Thailand (Photo via IWF)|
Our Southeast Asian (SEA) countries that took part in this world championships were Indonesia with 10 weightlifters, Laos with 3, Malaysia with 14, Vietnam with 13 and host Thailand with 16 young weightlifters.
Leading Southeast Asia was Teerapat Chomchuen of Thailand for winning two gold medals in men's 50kg event. Chomchuen lifted 91kg in the snatch while he lifted 125kg in the clean & jerk discipline for gold medal. His total lift of 216kg was enough to disposed Vietnam's Nguyen Quoc Bao Le who lifted a total of 215kg for gold medal. Le settled for silver medal.
In the same event, his twin brother Natthawat Chomchuen (Thailand) also grabbed a silver medal in the snatch discipline with 94kg lift. Gold medal was won by Le of Vietnam with a best lift of 96kg. In the Clean & jerk discipline, Teerapat won the gold with 125kg lift.In the men's 62kg event, Indonesia's Muhammad Halim Setiawan grabbed the bronze medal overall.
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Setiawan lifted a total weight of 267kg. Setiawan also got the bronze medal in the snatch department lifting 121kg.Another Thai lifter Chotima Buachatturat landed on top as she won two bronze medals in the women's 48kg event. She won the bronze medals in the clean & jerk discipline and in the overall total lift. Her total lift was 158kg. In this same weight category, Thi Chuc My Luu of Vietnam managed to clinch bronze medal in the snatch discipline.
In the women's 58kg event, Ailada Emdu of Thailand clinched the gold medal in the snatch discipline with her lift of 88kg. But her total combined lift of snatch and in the clean & jerk was not enough for her to catch another medal.
And in the women's +75kg event, Thailand's Supatchanin Khamhaeng took the bronze medal in the clean & jerk department.
Overall, Thailand won three golds, 1 silver and three bronze medals. On the other hand, Vietnam captured 1-gold, 1-silver and 2-bronze medals while Indonesia finished the competition with a lone bronze medal. Laos and Malaysia did not win any medal.