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Kuo Hsing-chun (Chinese: 郭婞淳; pinyin: Guō Xìngchún; born 26 November 1993) is a Taiwanese weightlifter, Olympian, three time World Champion and four time Asian Champion of Amis descent,[1] competing in the 58 kg division until 2018 and 59 kg starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories.[2] She has set 9 senior world records in her career.

Kuo Hsing-chun
Kuo Hsing-Chun 20170907.jpg
Personal information
National teamChinese Taipei
Born (1993-11-26) 26 November 1993 (age 25)
Yilan, Taiwan
Years active2011–
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight58.07 kg (128 lb)
Sport
CountryChinese Taipei
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)58 kg (2011-2018), 59 kg (2018-)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 108 kg (2013)
  • Clean & Jerk: 142 kg (2017)
  • Total: 249 kg (2017)
Kuo Hsing-chun (right) accepting souvenirs from President Tsai Ing-wen in August 2017

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CareerEdit

OlympicsEdit

In 2012 she competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 58 kg category and placed sixth overall.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics she competed in the 58 kg category. After the snatch portion of the competition she was in third place with only one successful lift of 102 kg. In the clean & jerk portion of the competition she was in third place overall before her final lift, she attempted an Olympic Record lift of 139 kg, which would put her in first place, but was unable to lift it.[3] She won a bronze medal[4] with a total of 231 kg.

World ChampionshipsEdit

In 2013 she competed at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championships in the 58 kg category. After the snatch portion of the competition she was in second place behind Deng Wei, they both had lifted 108 kg, but Deng Wei was 0.46 kg lighter. In the clean & jerk portion of the competition she lifted 133 kg in her first attempt, after Deng Wei was unable to complete any of her clean & jerks, she had the gold medal secured.[5] Her total of 241 kg was a full 13 kg over the silver medalist Alexandra Escobar.

The 2015 World Weightlifting Championships was her first competition back from a disappointing year (due to injury), and she competed in the 58 kg category. After the snatch portion of the competition she was in fourth place with 103 kg, the leader Boyanka Kostova set a world record in the snatch with 112 kg. In the clean & jerk portion she lifted 133 kg with her final lift securing a bronze medal in the clean & jerk and in the total.[6]

Coming into the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships she was expected to put up a solid performance after her record setting performance at the 2017 Summer Universiade. She competed in the 58 kg category, against the reigning Olympic Champion Sukanya Srisurat and it was expected to be a close competition. After the snatch portion Sukanya Srisurat was in the gold medal position with 105 kg (the same as Kuo) because she lifted the weight first. In the clean & jerk portion Sukanya Srisurat completed all of her attempts when Kuo attempted and made 126 kg securing the gold medal. She added onto that total, finishing with 240 kg a full 15 kg more than reigning Olympic Champion Srisurat,[7] winning a her second World Championships with a successful lift in every attempt.

In 2018 the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories, and Kuo competed at the 2018 World Weightlifting Championships in the new 59 kg category. In the snatch portion she lifted a new world record of 105 kg, and led going into the clean & jerk portion by 2 kg over the silver medalist Hoàng Thị Duyên and bronze medallist Rebeka Koha. During the clean & jerk portion she successfully lifted 128 kg in her first attempt, setting a new world record in the total, and with her last successful lift of 132 kg she set a new world record in the clean & jerk and total.[8] The silver medalist attempted a world record lift of 140 kg which would have given her the lead, but she was unable to lift it, giving Kou the gold medal in the total. In the end she set four senior world records in the competition and won her third World Championships.[9]

Asian GamesEdit

Before the 2014 Asian Games she suffered an injury to her leg,[10] and later that year donated an ambulance to Taitung hospital.[11][12] She went on to place fourth at the competition in the 58 kg category.

She was the flag bearer for Taiwan at the 2018 Asian Games[13] where she competed in the 58 kg category. After the snatch portion of the competition she led Sukanya Srisurat by 2 kg with 105 kg. In the clean & jerk portion of the competition she secured the gold medal with her first lift of 125 kg,[14] her next attempt was called at 133 kg, but there was an error loading the bar and only 130.5 kg was put on,[15] she made the lift with a lopsided bar (one side weighed 2.5 kg more than the other) and received credit for 130 kg. Her last attempt was 143 kg but Kuo was unable to make the lift.

UniversiadeEdit

Kuo won gold at the 2017 Summer Universiade and set a world record of 142 kg for the clean and jerk in her final lift.[16][17] Following her performance at the Universiade, Kuo was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star.[18]

After her record setting performance at the 2017 Summer Universiade she chose to donate her winnings back to her community.[19]

Asian Weightlifting ChampionshipsEdit

Kuo set three world records for her weight class, 59 kgs, at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships. She lifted 106 kgs in the snatch competition, a clean and jerk lift of 137kg, and a combined lift of 243kg.[20]

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2012   London, England 58 kg 99 101 102 9 129 133 133 5 228 6
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 58 kg 102 105 105 3 129 129 139 3 231  
World Championships
2011   Paris, France 58 kg 90 94 96 11 118 122 122 8 212 10
2013   Wrocław, Poland 58 kg 103 106 108   133 136 136   241  
2014   Almaty, Kazakhstan 58 kg 98 98 100 6 125 129 131 5 223 5
2015   Houston, United States 58 kg 104 107 107 4 133 133 133   237  
2017   Anaheim, United States 58 kg 99 102 105   126 131 135   240  
2018   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 59 kg 100 103 105 WR   128 132 132 WR   237 WR  
Asian Games
2014   Incheon, South Korea 58 kg 95 95 98 4 120 124 128 4 219 4
2018   Jakarta, Indonesia 58 kg 100 103 105 1 125 130 143 1 235  
Asian Championships
2012   Pyeongtaek, South Korea 58 kg 94 98 98   123 128 130   228  
2013   Astana, Kazakhstan 58 kg 102 105 105   131 134 134   236  
2016   Tashkent, Uzbekistan 58 kg 97 100 103   128 131 135   238  
2017   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 58 kg 98 101 104   128 133 137   241  
2019   Ningbo, China 59 kg 100 103 106 CWR   130 134 137 CWR   243 CWR  
  • CWR: Current world record
  • WR: World record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taiwanese Olympic medalist is confident of getting best results from Taipei Universiade
  2. ^ PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 59 kg
  3. ^ "Thailand's women leave men in shade with 58kg one-two". Reuters. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  4. ^ Olympic Weightlifting 2016: Medal Winners and Scores After Monday's Results
  5. ^ "Chinese Taipei lifter wins gold at women's 58kg in World Championships". China Daily. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Two more world records as Kostova and "the new Shi" take the honours". IWF.net. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Rio Olympic Bronze Medallist defeated the reigning Olympic Champion". IWF.net. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  8. ^ "World Records: KUO four and CHEN one". IWF.net. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Kuo Hsing-chun grabs 2 gold, 1 silver at world weightlifting championships". Taiwan Today. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Athlete Biography". IWF.net. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo receives NT$1 million for world record". Taiwannews.com. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Olympic Weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun Talks Weightlifting and Giving Back". city543.com. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun to be Taiwan's flag bearer at Asian Games". Focus Taiwan. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Taiwan News: Gold for Kuo in Asian Games Weightlifting as Rain Batters Taiwan". TheNewsLens. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ "In pics: women's weightlifting 58kg event at 18th Asian Games". Xinhuanet. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. ^ UNIVERSIADE: Taiwan weightlifter breaks world record
  17. ^ "Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsingchun appears on cover of World Weightlifting Magazine". Taiwan News. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  18. ^ Yeh, Sophia; Low, Y. F. (7 September 2017). "Record-breaking weightlifter receives national honor". Central News Agency. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Kuo Hsing-chun receives prize money for breaking world record". IWF.net. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  20. ^ Lung, Po-an; Kao, Evelyn (23 April 2019). "Kuo Hsing-chun wins 3 golds at Asian Weightlifting Championships". Central News Agency. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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