Taiwan weightlifter Guo Weichun, in the women’s 59 kg weight class at the Tokyo Olympics today, broke the Olympic record with a clean and jerk of 133 kg, a snatch of 103 kg, and a total of 236 kg, winning the first gold medal for the Chinese Taipei team in this Olympics. This is also the first gold medal Guo has won since participating in the three Olympic Games.
The news of Guo Weichun’s Olympic gold medal has aroused heated discussion in Taiwan. Although she had been regarded by the media as a gold medal winner in the competition before the competition, all walks of life in Taiwan were still very excited about her final victory. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen posted a post on social media Instragm to congratulate Guo Weichun for winning Taiwan’s first gold in the Tokyo Olympics: “This’Nian Nian’ trying to exceed ourselves and break the limit really moves us… We are all proud of you! Taiwanese people will always remember this day!” Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Qingde and Executive Yuan Su Zhenchang both wrote to congratulate Guo Weichun for his achievements. Her family members in the eastern part of Taiwan also set off firecrackers (fireworks) outside their homes to celebrate.
Since the start of the Eastern Olympics, Taiwan has accumulated 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal. This is Taiwan’s best performance since the previous Olympic Games.
“Not very happy” after winning the gold
Guo Weichun said in an interview with Taiwanese media after the game that after confirming the gold medal, he was not very happy at the moment, “because I feel that the results are a bit low.” She smiled and said, “I always thought about 141 kilograms, and I really want to have results to get this card. , Maybe you want me to fight again!”
During the interview, Guo Weichun revealed that she had heard the voice of wishing that she could fight for another Olympic Games before. She was a bit entangled in her heart, but today’s result may also be destined, and she hopes that she can fight for the Olympics again in the future and break through the world. Record: “I want to say without lifting it up, no, you must have a perfect result.”
After receiving the award, Guo Xichun smiled and said how he felt when he was crying on stage. “Actually, I was very excited. I was shaking when I was about to receive the medal.”
Guo Weichun, born in 1993, has participated in the Olympics for the third time. Prior to this, she won sixth place in the 2012 London Olympics and the bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
After that, she has repeatedly achieved good results in international competitions and gradually climbed to the peak of her career.
In the 2017 Taipei World Universiade, Guo Weichun set a world record of 142 kg in the 58kg class and won the gold medal, and then won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
She currently holds three world records for women’s 59 kg snatch, 140 kg clean and jerk and 247 kg in total. She is known as the “goddess of weightlifting.”
Olympic champion born in poverty
According to Taiwanese media reports, Guo Yuchun, from the Ami indigenous community in eastern Taiwan, was born in poverty. She told Taiwanese media World Magazine that she grew up in a single-parent family and never met her biological father, and she was often ridiculed by neighbors and classmates. She said that because her mother had to work outside, she was raised by her grandmother. When she was young, the whole family lived in different relatives’ homes. She once remembered that because she couldn’t pay the mortgage, her family moved to the construction site overnight.
When he was in high school in Taitung, Guo Weichun joined the track and basketball team, and later specialized in weightlifting. Now he is studying in the Department of Physical Education of Taipei Fu Jen Catholic University.
On the eve of participating in the Tokyo competition, Guo Weichun said in an interview with the media that in her sports career, only the Olympic gold medal is missing, and the opponent she has to face is only herself, and now her dream has come true.
Taiwan’s sixth Olympic gold medal
Guo Weichun’s gold medal in East Olympics today is Taiwan’s 29th medal and 6th gold medal in Olympic history. She also became Taiwan’s fifth Olympic gold medalist.
In the 2004 Athens Olympics in Greece, Chen Shixin and Zhu Muyan won the first two Olympic gold medals for Taiwan in Taekwondo. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Chen Weiling won the bronze medal in the women’s 48 kg weightlifting class. However, the silver medal and gold medal players of that session had failed the drug test a few years later. After a ruling, Chen Weiling handed over the gold medal. In the 2012 London Olympics, Xu Shujing won the silver medal in the women’s weightlifting 53 kg class. The gold medalist of that year also asked Xu Shujing to make up the gold medal for using banned drugs. In 2016, Xu Shujing once again won gold in the Rio Olympics.
It can be observed that women’s weightlifting has gradually become a key event for Taiwan in the Olympic Games.