The weightlifter from Turkmenistan Seyitjan Mirzaev won a silver medal at the Asian Championship held in the capital of Uzbekistan. The athlete represented his country in the weight category up to 61 kg, where 13 weightlifters from 10 countries competed for awards. Seyitjan works as a coach at the Sports School No. 3, located in the town of Dyanev, Lebap velayat.
The initial weight in the first exercise was 130 kg. The Turkmen weightlifter managed to do it only in the second attempt. After that he successfully managed with 133kg weight, beating by 1 kg Igor Son from Kazakhstan, the silver medalist of World Championship 2019 in the weight category up to 55 kg.
Competing in the second exercise, the jerk, the Turkmen weightlifter overcame the 150-kilogram weight in the first approach. However, two subsequent attempts to assault 153-kilogram weight were not successful.
The Turkmenistan weightlifter finished in 5th place. However, Seyitjan Mirzaev set a personal record, lifting a total weight of 283 kg during the biathlon. This figure is 13 kilograms more than the weight lifted by the Turkmen weightlifter during the world championships held in 2019 in the Thai city of Pattaya. At that time, Mirzaev was 19th among three dozen athletes.
The second set of medals at the Asian Weightlifting Championships was contested by the women on the same day of competition. Twelve weightlifters from 10 countries competed for the victory in the 55 kg weight category.
Kristina Shermetova represented Turkmenistan in this competition. A pupil of the honored coach of the country Ahmed Sariev, she has already become a vice world champion at the end of the competition held in American Anaheim in 2017. This time she managed to lift 88 kg in the snatch and 110 kg in the jerk. This secured her 7th place and a total weight of 198 kg. The athlete fell 12 kg short of her excellent result, which she demonstrated in 2018, performing at the world championships held in Ashgabat. Then Shermetova took 8th place according to the results of the competition.
The gold medalist of the competition in this weight category was Chinese weightlifter Liyu Qiuyun, who lifted a total weight of 222 kg, who previously set a world record in the jerk, having lifted 128-kilograms. "Silver" went to two-time world champion, Li Yajun of China, who lifted a total weight of 221 kg. The third place went to Uzbek weightlifter Muattar Nabieva. The total weight she lifted in the clean and jerk was 213 kg.
Polina Gurieva will represent Turkmenistan in the next set of medals at the Tashkent Asian Women's Championships in the 59 kg weight category.