Colombia and Turkey shine at IWF Youth World Championships

The host country Mexico also had a tournament to remember with 18 total medals. In all 24 countries took home a medal

Photo courtesy of @IWF/Isaac Morillas
Photo courtesy of @IWF/Isaac Morillas

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) wrapped up a hugely successful IWF Youth World Championships in León, Mexico over the weekend.

The host nation of Mexico took home 18 medals, including a gold and 14 bronze medals.

On the final day of competition Slovakia claimed their first gold medal when Vladimir Macura took gold in the snatch, clean and jerk and total competition in the 102+ kg category. Jhon Mario Martinez Robledo of Colombia took the silver while Mexico’s Jose Manuel Meza Vizcarra claimed bronze with a lift of 136kg.

Colombia had a week to remember as the South American country picked up 19 medals including 10 gold, but it wasn’t enough to top the medal table. Kazakhstan claimed 12 gold medals which led all countries. Their total of 21 medals was two shy of Turkey’s haul of 23 medals.

Photo courtesy of @IWF/Isaac Morillas
Photo courtesy of @IWF/Isaac Morillas

Turkey finished 2-3 in the women’s 81+ kg category as Fatmagul Cevik took silver with a lift of 219kg and Tuana Suren grabbed the final podium spot with a lift of 211kg. None of them could challenge gold medal winner Yairan Sofia Tysforod Rivas of Colombia who grabbed the gold with a 221kg total.

In all 24 countries could leave Mexico happy as they took home at least one medal.