Weightlifters from Turkmenistan continue to bring awards to their country's national team by successfully competing at the Asian Championship held in Uzbekistan.
So, Gulnabat Kadyrova, a 26-year-old weightlifter and Master of Sports athlete, managed to win three medals. The athlete, who was brought up by Honored Coach of Turkmenistan Ahmed Sariyev, now herself trains young weightlifters in the sports school of Gurbansoltan eje, Dashoguz velayat.
Competing in the non-Olympic 71 kg weight category, she was one of six contenders to win. Gulnabat won gold in the snatch with 102 kg, bronze in the jerk with 121 kg, and silver in the biathlon with a total of 223 kg.
Thus, the Turkmen weightlifter was only 6 kilograms short of the winner, Vanessa Sarno of the Philippines, who lifted 129 kilograms in biathlon and won gold. However, she was 10 kg ahead of the bronze medalist - Kazakhstan weightlifter Ekaterina Bykova, who lifted 213 kg.
Next was a set of medals for men, where Turkmenistan was represented by Redzhepbai Redzhepov. The athlete competed in 81kg weight category. The 29 year old master of sports added one bronze medal to the Turkmen team. His total in biathlon was 341 kg (156 snatch and 185 snatch). Rejepov's third-place finish was also due to the judges' decision not to count the 195kg weight he lifted.
In the end, the coveted "silver" went to Uzbek weightlifter Mukhammadkodir Toshtemirov, who lifted a total weight of 353 kg. And the winner of this part of the competition was Chinese athlete-record holder Liu Xiaojun, who lifted 199 kg in clean and jerk and 174 kg in snatch, which in the end added up to 373 kg. But the attempt of the weightlifter from China to lift a record weight of 208 kg was unsuccessful.
The third place won by Redzhepbai Redzhepov at the Asian Championship brought the Turkmen sobor 66 points, bringing it significantly closer to participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
Source and photo: turkmenistan.gov.tm