Om Yun-chol or Um Yoon-chul (Korean: 엄윤철; Korean pronunciation: [ʌ.mjun.tsʰʌl] or [ʌm] [jun.tsʰʌl]; born 18 November 1991)[1] is a North Korean weightlifter, Olympic Champion, and five time World Champion competing in the 56 kg category until 2018 and 55 kg starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories.[2] He is 152 centimetres (5 ft 0 in) and weighs 55 kilograms (121 lb).[1] Om represents the Amnokgang Sports Team.[3]

Om Yun-chol
Personal information
NationalityNorth Korean
Born (1991-11-18) 18 November 1991 (age 30)
North Hamgyong, North Korea
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight54.95 kg (121 lb)
Sport
CountryNorth Korea
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)–55 kg
TeamAmnokgang Sports Team
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 134 kg (2016)
  • Clean and jerk: 171 kg (2015)
  • Total: 303 kg (2016)
Om Yun-chol
Hangul
엄윤철
Hanja
嚴潤哲
Revised RomanizationEom Yun-cheol
McCune–ReischauerŎm Yun-ch'ŏl

He is also the fourth man to lift over 3 times bodyweight in the clean & jerk multiple times after succeeding in breaking the world record clean and jerk of 169 kg in the −56 kg weight class during the Asian Interclub Championships,[4] and has accomplished this feat 3 more times since the Asian Interclub Championships, at the 2014 Asian Games, 2015 World Weightlifting Championships, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

He was also the sixth man to lift at least triple his bodyweight in the clean & jerk in international competition, having done so seven times;[5] the others are Naim Süleymanoğlu, Stefan Topurov,[6] Long Qingquan, Halil Mutlu, and Neno Terziyski.

He has set six senior world records throughout his career, five in the clean & jerk and one in the total.

CareerEdit

OlympicsEdit

He won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the men's 56 kg event,[1] setting an Olympic Record in the clean and jerk with 168 kg,[7] all while competing in the B session. He became only the fifth man to ever clean and jerk three times his own body weight.[8]

At the men's 56 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Om was a favorite to renew his gold from London. After breaking his own Olympic record with a lift of 169 kg, Om was surpassed by Long Qingquan and had to settle for the silver medal.[9]

World ChampionshipsEdit

He won his first World Championships in 2013, one year removed from becoming Olympic Champion, by beating Long Qingquan by 2 kg.

In 2014 he defended his title as World Champion by lifting 296 kg at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships. His total was tied with second place Thạch Kim Tuấn but he won by virtue of a lighter body weight (55.71 vs. 55.75).

Following his World Championship win in 2014 he was the heavy favorite to win his third World championship in a row. He ended up winning the gold medal at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in spectacular fashion, after trailing Wu Jingbiao by 8 kg in the snatch (during which he set a new world record snatch of 168 kg) Om Yun-chol outlifted Wu Jingbiao by 8 kg in the clean and jerk setting a new world record clean and jerk of 171 kg. Their totals of 302 kg were tied, but yet again Om Yun-chol won by virtue of a lighter body weight.[10]

He did not compete in the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships due to the North Korean team issuing a boycott of the Championships.[11]

In 2018 the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories and he competed in the newly created 55 kg, he won his fourth World Championships by a margin of 24 kg over the second-place finisher, while winning gold medals in all lifts. During the clean and jerk portion of the competition he set a new world record of 162 kg.[12]

Asian GamesEdit

At the 2014 Asian Games he won the gold medal in the 56 kg, in the clean and jerk portion he set a new world record lift of 170 kg.[13] His total of 298 kg was an Asian Record at the time of competition.[14][15]

At the next Asian Games in 2018 he was the favorite to win another gold medal at the Games. After finishing in second place after the snatch portion of the competition, 1 kg behind Thạch Kim Tuấn, he outlifted him by 8 kg in the clean and jerk portion of the competition securing his second Asian Games gold medal.[16][17]

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2012   London, United Kingdom 56 kg 120 125 125 6 160 165 168 1 293  
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 56 kg 128 132 134 2 165 169 169 2 303  
World Championships
2011   Paris, France 56 kg 115 118 118 10 152 152 152 5 267 6
2013   Wrocław, Poland 56 kg 124 127 130   162 170 --   289  
2014   Almaty, Kazakhstan 56 kg 124 124 128 5 162 162 168   296  
2015   Houston, United States 56 kg 127 131 133   165 171 WR 175   302  
2018   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 55 kg 120 125 128   155 162 162 WR   282  
2019   Pattaya, Thailand 55 kg 121 126 128   155 163 166 CWR   294 CWR  
Asian Games
2014   Incheon, South Korea 56 kg 123 128 131 3 160 166 170 WR 1 298  
2018   Jakarta, Indonesia 56 kg 127 131 131 2 160 172 172 1 287  
Asian Championships
2013   Astana, Kazakhstan 56 kg 122 126 126   160 169 169   286  
2019   Ningbo, China 61 kg 125 130 133 7 165 172 172 4 295 6
Asian Interclub Championships
2013   Pyongyang, North Korea 56 kg 115 118 120   155 169 WR --   289  
World Junior Championships
2011   Penang, Malaysia 56 kg 115 121 121 6 150 156 156   271 4
Summer Universiade
2013   New Taipei, Taiwan 56 kg 122 129 UR --   155 165 UR 172   294 UR  
  • CWR: Current world record
  • WR: World record
  • UR: Universiade record

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Om Yun-chol". London2012.com. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. ^ PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 55 kg
  3. ^ "DPRK's Best Players, Coaches for 2013". kcnawatch.nknews.org. KCNA. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.iwf.net/results/world-records/
  5. ^ BarBend. "Only 6 People Have Officially Clean & Jerked Triple Bodyweight (in Competition)". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  6. ^ Chidlovski.net. "Stefan Topurov". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. ^ ESPN. "Om Yun Chol wins weightlifting gold". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  8. ^ Chidlovski, Arthur. "Who in the World Has Ever Lifted Three Times Their Own Body Weight?". Lift Up. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  9. ^ John G. Grisafi (8 August 2016). "North Korea wins its first medal of 2016 Olympics". NK News. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  10. ^ NBC Sports. "World records fall at Weightlifting World Championships". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  11. ^ Reuters.com. "Weightlifting: North Korea not among entrants for world champs in U.S." Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ IWF.net. "Six Medallists in the men's 55kg". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  13. ^ IWF.net. "World Record breaking 2014 Asian Games". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  14. ^ ESPN. "Om Yun Chol sets world record". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  15. ^ "North Korea's Om Yun Chol sets world record". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  16. ^ Yonhap News Agency. "N. Korea's Om Yun-chol defends weightlifting title". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  17. ^ Korea Herald. "N. Korea's Om Yun-chol defends weightlifting title". Retrieved 15 December 2018.

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