Park Hye-jeong, A Splendid Achievement of Winning Three Gold Medals

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to Oct 1, 2025 hours 12:54 (UTC +09:00)


Park Hye-jeong, A Splendid Achievement of Winning Three Gold Medals in the Women's Heavyweight Class at the World Weightlifting Championships... Total 289kg

Becoming the first Korean athlete to win three gold medals in the women's heavyweight division at the World Championships

'Post Jang Mi-ran' Park Hye-jeong (20, Goyang City Hall) won three gold medals in the women's heavyweight division at the World Weightlifting Championships.

Hye-jeong Park lifted 124 kg in snatch, 165 kg in clean and jerk, and 289 kg in total at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 16th (local time) in the women's over 87 kg competition.

She took first place in all three categories. 

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

Park Hye-jeong won gold medals in all three categories.

It has been two years since Son Young-hee (30, Busan City Sports Council) at the 2021 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Games where a Korean athlete won the women's heaviest division at the World Weightlifting Championships.

However, China, the powerlifting powerhouse, did not participate in 2021.

Additionally, Son Young-hee ranked second in the snatch in 2021 and won two gold medals in the clean and jerk and total.

Park Hye-jeong is the first woman to take first place in the women's heavyweight snatch, clean and jerk, and total at the World Championships.

Jang Mi-ran, a former weightlifter and current Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, was the world championship champion a total of four times during her active career (Doha, Qatar in 2005, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2006, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2007, Goyang, Korea, 2009), but even during this period, she won the world championship championship. gave up first place to another player.

The strong candidate for the 2023 World Championships Women's Heavyweight Championship was Li Wenwen (China), the 'Tokyo Olympic champion' who holds world records in three categories of this weight class (148kg in snatch, 187kg in clean and jerk, 335kg in total).

However, Li Wen-Won repeatedly failed at 130kg in the first and second weight lifting sessions on this day, and she abstained from standing on the platform anymore.

After Li Wen-won gave up the game, there was no player who could threaten Park Hye-jeong.

The second place total in this weight class was Marie Theson-Raffen (USA), who lifted 277 kg (117 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk).

The total gap with Park Hye-jeong was 12 kg.

Son Young-hee came in second place in the snatch with 122kg, but after failing in the first 157kg in the clean and jerk, she gave up the second and third trials, failing to record her total.

Park Hye-jeong is ‘Jangmi-ran Kids.’

Jang Mi-ran conquered the weightlifting world by winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics and four 
World Championships.

As the ‘drug history’ of contemporary players is revealed, Jang Mi-ran’s record is evaluated more highly.

Park Hye-jeong, who was an ordinary girl, saw Jang Mi-ran's competition scene.

When she was in her first year of middle school, she said, "I will do weightlifting," and she came to Seonbu Middle School, which had a weightlifting club.

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

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

Park Hye-jeong established herself as a leader in the 'post Jang Mi-ran' 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.

Hye-jeong Park won the World Junior Championships held in Heraklion, Greece in May last year (120kg in snatch, 161kg in clean and jerk, 281kg in total) and the 
Asian Junior Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in July (115kg in snatch, 155kg in clean and jerk, 270kg in total). won all of them.

However, even for him, the burden of being called ‘post-Jang Mi-ran’ felt quite heavy.

Park Hye-jeong said, "A lot of people have supported me since I was young.

I was really grateful.

At the same time, I felt burdened because my records did not rise as much as I expected."

She said, "I wandered 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, last year, when she was in her third year of high school, her highest total weight was 285 kg.

This is her first time competing at the World Championships. In 2022, she only took 8th place with a total weight of 274 kg (119 kg in snatch and 155 kg in clean and jerk).

Park Hye-jeong, 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-jeong, who have lifted a total of 295 kg or more.

In her second World Championships, she beat even 
Li Wen-wen to become the champion.

Park Hye-jeong will also participate in the Hangzhou Asian Games along with Son Young-hee.

Although Li Wen-wen is still the number one favorite to win the Asian Games in Hangzhou, Park Hye-jeong proved that she can pull off an upset at any time by winning the World Championships.

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