Who Won The IWF World Weightlifting Championships 2022?
The first championships go back to 1891, with women having their first championships in 1987. Since 1990, the championships have been combined for both men and women; 2022 represents the 26th such edition. This is only the fourth time Latin America has hosted the championships, after 1968's Mexico City, 1973's Havana, and 2006's Santo Domingo editions.
Competition was held across ten weight classes for both men and women, and served as the first of key weightlifting qualifiers to the Paris 2024 Summer Games. Note, only five weight classes in each gender are Olympic categories: 61kg, 73kg, 89kg, 102kg, and 102+kg for men, and 49kg, 59kg, 71kg, 81kg, and 81kg+ for women. In line with current sporting world sanctions, Team Russia and Team Belarus athletes did not compete, in response to the war in Ukraine.
Team China topped the medal table with six gold and 12 overall total category 'big' medals (or, 34 total, including indivdiual snatch and clean & jerk 'small' medals). Host Team Colombia finished with eight overall total medals for second place.
Congratulations to all of the champions! Complete results can be found online at iwf.sport. And, a quick photo gallery recap of the total (combining snatch + clean & jerk) 2022 winners is below. (All photos are IWF video screenshots unless noted.)