Asian Games, Park Hye-jung Solidifies ‘Post Jang Mi-ran’

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    [Asian Games] Park Hye-jung Solidifies ‘Post Jang Mi-ran’… Following the World Championships, Kim ‘Sparkles’ at AG



    Women's heavyweight winner at the Asian Games held on the 7th... 13 years after Jang Mi-ran

    ‘Jang Mi-ran Kids’ Park Hye-jeong (20, Goyang City Hall) won the 2023 World Championships and Asian Games in succession and became the ‘Jang Mi-ran successor.’

    Most athletes who start weightlifting dream of becoming the ‘second Jang Mi-ran’.

    However, there are not many athletes who are evaluated by the weightlifting world as the ‘second Jang Mi-ran’.

    Park Hye-jung reached the top by lifting 125kg in snatch, 169kg in clean and jerk, and 294kg in total in the women's 87kg and over weightlifting competition at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, on the 7th. 토토사이트

    After Jang Mi-ran (currently Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism) won the gold medal in the women's heaviest weight class (over 75 kg at the time) at the 2010 Guangzhou Games, a Korean Asian Games weightlifting champion was born for the first time in 13 years.

    Although Li Wen-wen (23, China), the strongest player in this weight class, was unable to participate due to injury, the value of the gold medal that Park Hye-jung was wearing did not diminish.

    20 days ago, on September 17 (Korean time), Park Hye-jung took first place in all three categories, lifting 124 kg in snatch, 165 kg in clean and jerk, and 289 kg in total, in the women's 87 kg and over category at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Unlike the Olympics and Asian Games, medals were awarded for the snatch, clean and jerk, and total at the World Weightlifting Championships.

    During her career, Jang Mi-ran became the world championship champion a total of four times (2005 in Doha, Qatar, 2006 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2007 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and 2009 in Goyang, Korea), but even during this period, Impression gave up the top spot to another player.

    Park Hye-jung was the first female Korean weightlifter to rank first in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total at the World Championships.

    Of course, Park Hye-jung cannot yet be compared to Jang Mi-ran, who conquered the weightlifting world by winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics and four world championships.

    However, she is building a career worthy of the title ‘Post Jang Mi-ran’.

    Park Hye-jung, who was an ordinary girl, came to Seonbu Middle School, where her weightlifting club was located, after watching Jang Mi-ran compete, saying, "I want to do weightlifting" when she was in her first year of middle school.

    Park Hye-jung established herself as a leader in the 'post Jang Mi-ran' group by setting a new record for Korean middle school students (total of 259 kg) and a new junior record (290 kg).

    She had no rivals even on the world junior stage.

    She won both the World Junior Championships held in Heraklion, Greece in May last year and the Asian Junior Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in July.

    For her, the burden of being called ‘post-Jang Mi-ran’ was quite significant for her as well.

    Park Hye-jung said, "Many people have supported me since I was young.

    I was truly grateful.

    At the same time, I felt burdened because my records did not rise as much as I expected," and she confessed, "I wandered and experienced slumps during my third year of high school."

    Park Hye-jeong, who lifted a total of 290 kg in her second year of high school, set her goal for her third year of high school at '300 kg in total.'

    However, in 2022, when she was in her third year of high school, her highest total weight was 285 kg.

    Last year, when she competed in the World Championships for the first time, she finished in 8th place with a total weight of 274 kg (119 kg in snatch and 155 kg in clean and jerk).

    Park Hye-jung, who started her unemployed life this year, broke her personal best record by lifting 127 kg in snatch, 168 kg in clean and jerk, and 295 kg in total at the women's over 87 kg competition at the 2023 Jinju Asian Weightlifting Championships held in May.

    At the time, she was just behind the winner, Lee Won-won, who recorded her total of 315kg (140kg in snatch and 175kg in clean and jerk), but Park Hye-jeong finished second in her total and snatch and third in clean and jerk, putting her on the mark once again. Proved her international competitiveness.

    Since 2020, there are only two female athletes, Li Wen-won and Park Hye-jung, who have lifted a total of more than 295 kg.

    Park's confidence grew as she won both the World Championships in September and the Asian Games in October.

    Korean weightlifting expects Park Hye-jung to rediscover the Olympic gold that Korean weightlifting lost after Beijing in 2008.