Injury to Invincible: Chinese Weightlifter Grabs Gold Trio at World Cup

Chinese weightlifting star Li Wenwen proved she’s still the queen of the super-heavyweights, claiming a triumphant triple gold at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Cup in Phuket, Thailand on Wednesday.

This marked Li’s first competition since a right elbow injury forced her out of the World Championships last year and the subsequent Asian Games. But any concerns about rust were quickly dispelled. Li dominated the +87kg category, showcasing her exceptional strength and technique.

Her performance was a masterclass. She snatched 145kg, surpassing her own Tokyo Olympic record of 140kg. In the clean and jerk, she lifted a staggering 180kg, solidifying her position as one of the strongest women in the sport. The combined total of 325kg secured her victory by a commanding 29kg margin.

This win is a significant comeback for Li. The injury was a setback, but it seems to have only fueled her determination. “Before I was injured, everything had gone too well for me,” Li reflected. “The injury allowed me to reflect on my problems and improve my technique,” she added, attributing her success to a renewed focus on form.

Li’s victory is not just a personal triumph, but a positive sign for China’s weightlifting program. The team is looking strong on the road to the Paris Olympics in 2024, and Li’s return adds depth and experience to their lineup. Her performance serves as an inspiration to aspiring weightlifters around the world, demonstrating the power of resilience and dedication.

With the Parisian Games on the horizon, Li Wenwen has sent a clear message: she’s back, and she’s hungry for gold.

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