At the women’s 76kg class awards ceremony at the World Weightlifting Championships last December, Kim Soo-hyun (28, Busan City Sports Association) stood on the podium with a bright expression and flashy gestures.
She was such a cheerful ceremony that the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) introduced Kim Soo-hyun’s awards ceremony on social network service (SNS).
Kim Soo-hyun, whom we met at the ‘Korea Weightlifting Federation 2022 Award Ceremony for Outstanding Athletes, Groups, and Men of Merit’ held at the Olympic Parktel in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 31st, said, “I competed at the World Championships wearing a Taegeukgi hairpin that my boyfriend bought me. I was not in good shape, but ‘Let’s enjoy it’ I stood on the platform with the mindset of “I enjoy it, so the useless power in my body disappeared. I really enjoyed the game, and the results came out well,” he said with a unique bright expression.
Kim Soo-hyun lifted 108 kg of snatch, 137 kg of jerk, and 245 kg in total in the women’s 76 kg class competition held in Bogota, Colombia on December 14 last year.
In impressions she finished fourth, but in the jerk she came in third place, she also finished third in the most important total.
Unlike the Olympics and Asian Games, where rankings are determined only by total records, at the World Weightlifting Championships, awards are given in all three categories: snatch, jerk and total.
At the 2021 World Championships, Kim Soo-hyun finished fifth with a total weight of 239 kg (105 kg snatch, 134 kg jerk). At the competition at the time, Kim Soo-hyun only won a bronze medal in the dragon statue.
However, this year she reaped her two medals in the Jew and Total.
Kim Soo-hyun once again exuded bright energy, saying, “Oh, I’m the best player,” and looked back on last year, saying, “2022 was really happy.”
Last year, Kim Soo-hyun often laughed on and off the pitch.
In May 2022, Kim Soo-hyun took second place at the ‘National Singer Selection Competition’ held at the National Training Center in Jincheon, Chungcheongbuk-do.
Afterwards, she also appeared on TV variety shows and showed off her singing skills.
Kim Soo-hyun, who used to be a ‘weightlifting gymnast’, has broadened his personal connections.
His joyful energy continued even on the platform.
Kim Soo-hyun lifted 143kg in the 3rd round of the 76kg class in the women’s general division of the National Sports Festival in October.
Kim Soo-hyun, who lifted 109kg in the snatch, won gold medals in all three categories: snatch, cleanup, and total (252kg).
It is the first time in six years since 2016 that Kim Soo-hyun has won her triple crown at the National Sports Festival.
At the World Championships in December, she also broke the ‘major tournament jinx’.
She, Kim Soo-hyun, only finished fourth at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, and at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, she was disqualified for a ‘minor difference’.
Even at the World Championships, she never medaled in total.
However, as she came third at the 2022 World Championships, she shook off her “Am I weak for big competitions” anxiety.
Kim Soo-hyun explained, “I’ve been too serious whenever I’ve been to international competitions. I’ve been a player who’s been stuck in the mold.”
In 2023 and 2024, important competitions follow.
In the fall of 2023, the World Championships in Saudi Arabia will be held from September 2 to 17, the Asian Games in Hangzhou from September 30 to October 7, and the National Sports Festival will be held from October 13 to 19.
In addition to the World Championships, international competitions to be held in 2023, such as the Asian Championships in Jinju in May, have points to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics, so there is no time to rest.먹튀검증
Kim Soo-hyun said, “It’s a really important year to take care of your body. If you suffer a major injury, it may be difficult to qualify for the Paris Olympics.” However, Kim Soo-hyun expressed his motivation, saying, “There will be three important competitions this fall. I want to do well in all of them with a happy heart.”
At the end of 2023, concerns about ‘weight class’ will also begin.
2023 Hangzhou Asian Games Weightlifting will be held in 7 men’s weight classes (61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 96kg, 109kg, 109kg and over) and 7 women’s weight classes (49kg, 55kg) class, 59kg class, 64kg class, 76kg class, 87kg class, 87kg or more class) competitions will be held.
However, in the 2024 Paris Olympics, five men’s weight classes (61kg, 73kg, 89kg, 102kg, and over 102kg) and five women’s (49kg, 59kg, 71kg, 81kg, 81 kg or more), the number of weight classes was reduced.
Kim Soo-hyun said, “Since there is no competition in the 76kg class at the Paris Olympics, you have to choose between the 71kg or 81kg class. I plan to raise the weight class to the 81kg class next year and challenge the Paris Olympics.”
It is a very unfavorable situation for ’76kg player’ Kim Soo-hyun.
However, Kim Soo-hyun said, “I started weightlifting after seeing senior Jang Mi-ran. Even if I don’t conquer the world like Mi-ran, I want to stand on the podium at the Paris Olympics like a junior Jang Mi-ran.” smiled brightly.