From The Youth World Championships Medal Stand To The Olympics

The 2017 IWF Youth World Championships is underway in Bangkok, Thailand. The first ever Youth World Championships was held in 2009 in Thailand. The return to where it started got me wondering about Youth athletes who win medals at Youth Worlds the year following an Olympics and what happens to them over a quad.

Athletes competing at Youth Worlds (17 or under) just after an Olympics are at worst 20, and still juniors, by the next Olympics.  Do they develop into Olympians?

The Class of 2013

Here is the list of medalists by weight category from the 2013 IWF Youth World Championships. Here’s a link to the results of all prior Youth Worlds but check out the 2013 results. Scroll through the whole field as well. How many of these names do you recognize as 2016 Olympians?

Note: the Youth division recognizes slightly different bodyweight categories. The men’s categories are 50,56,62,69,77,85,94,+94. Before 2017 the women’s categories were 44,48,53,58,63,69,+69. Starting in 2017, the 75, +75  categories replace +69.

Women

44kg

1 Ri Su Yon PRK
2 Khing Khing MYA
3 Ahmed Heba Saleh Mahmoud EGY

48kg

1 Yu Linglong CHN
2 Qiu Liling CHN
3 Sukcharoen Thunya THA

53kg

1 Lin Binglian CHN
2 Rim Un Sim PRK
3 Gomez Janeth MEX

58kg

1 Wei Chengyu CHN
2 Intamat Kamonchanok THA
3 Duran Ana MEX

63kg

1 Samir Elsayed Sara EGY
2 Cen Yanfeng CHN
3 Cantu Jennifer MEX

69kg

1 Dajomes Neisi Patricia ECU
2 Hulpan Sorina Florina ROU
3 Kong Dongying CHN

+69kg

1 Nogay Nadezhda KAZ
2 Wang Xijing CHN
3 Baranovska Iryna UKR

Men

50kg

1 Jia Xionghui CHN
2 Pak Jong Ju PRK
3 Mashkhurbek Yuldashev UZB

56kg

1 Sriphat Teerasak THA
2 Mayora Pernia Julio Ruben VEN
3 Vizitiu Daniel  Florin ROU

62kg

1 Kwon Yong Gwang PRK
2 Emad Gouda Ahmed EGY
3 Makyeyev Mikhail KAZ

69kg

1 Linder Albert KAZ
2 Adel Mohamed Ahmed EGY
3 Sun Youfu CHN

77kg

1 Khugaev Khetag RUS
2 Amirbekov Ayat KAZ
3 Ragala Venkat Rahul IND

85kg

1 Dehghan Alireza Ghahfarokhi IRI
2 Cheng Yixiong CHN
3 Matyushin Aleksander RUS

94kg

1 Rashidi Milad IRI
2 Solovev Nikita RUS
3 Fazli Amir Hossein IRI

+94kg

1 Martirosyan Simon ARM
2 Soleymani Alireza IRI
3 Abubakarov Selimkhan KAZ

From this group, many went on to perform well at major events at the junior and senior levels. A few won, or won medals, at the Junior World Championships. Several never appeared in major competition again.

Just 4 of the 45 medalists from 2013 made it to the 2016 Olympics and only one of them, Simon Martirosyan (ARM) won a medal in Rio.

2016 Olympians:

Dajomes Neisi Patricia (ECU), 6th – 69kg

Hulpan Sorina Florina (ROU), DNT – 69kg

Kwon Yong Gwang (PRK), 13th – 69kg (M)

Martirosyan Simon (ARM), 2nd – 105kg

It’s really not shocking if you think about it. Most of these medalists were 16 years old in 2013. They were still juniors by the 2016 Olympics.

Though not an Olympian yet Yu Linglong (CHN)  is a name worth remembering. She won the 48kg category at 13 years old! In 2016 she won the 53kg category at Junior Worlds. With China’s depth in that category, it will be interesting to see where she ends up by 2020.

To that end, let’s look at the class of 2009 and see how they fared over 2 quads heading into the 2016 Olympics.

The Class of 2009

Same thing, here is the list of medalists from 2009. Who can you recognize today?

Women:

44kg

1 Okur Saziye TUR
2 Chen Yulian CHN
3 Nguyen Thi Hong VIE

48kg

1 Wang Li CHN
2 Nakpong Wipawan THA
3 Pramongkhol Sirivimon THA

53kg

1 Kostova Boyanka AZE
2 Kim Hyo Sim PRK
3 Wu Rongrong CHN

58kg

1 Deng Wei CHN
2 Rim Jong Sim PRK
3 Chinshanlo Zulfiya KAZ

63kg

1 Srisuwan Darat THA
2 Mysleiko Yana RUS
3 Long Dingling CHN

69kg

1 Zubova Olga RUS
2 Tsai Shih-Ting TPE
3 Bai He CHN

+69kg

1 Kim You-Jin KOR
2 An So-Yeong KOR
3 Yao Chi-Ling TPE

Men

50kg

1 Lu Yuntao CHN
2 Thach Kim Tuan VIE
3 Daengsanan Phongsathon THA

56kg

1 Chen Xiong CHN
2 Margaryan Smbat ARM
3 Sumar Riyanto INA

62kg

1 Zhong Qihang CHN
2 Pipa Artiom MDA
3 Kocum Muhammet TUR

69kg

1 Khomyakov Dmitry RUS
2 Begaliev Muhammad UZB
3 Seong Myeong-Chang KOR

77kg

1 Klimonov Egor RUS
2 Meirmanov Yerbol KAZ
3 Nabiyev Nailkhan AZE

85kg

1 Bersanov Ibragin KAZ
2 Zaichikov Alexandr KAZ
3 Mohammadpour Saeid Karkarach IRI

94kg

1 Lu Shun CHN
2 Sayar Saeid IRI
3 Tlevov Galymbek KAZ

+94kg

1 Moulaei Bahador IRI
2 Asgharkhah Gholamreza IRI
3 Martirosyan Karen RUS

From the 2009 class, 8 medalists made an Olympics. 6 of them made it to London 3 years later and 2 won Gold there.  There were 2 lifters who did not make the 2012 Games but did earn spots in Rio.  Arguably, Muhammad Begaliev could be considered a 9th to make it. He was named to the team from Uzbekistan but chose to retire instead of competing.

This group, now in their early to mid-twenties, are entering their prime and other stars have emerged from the field. Take a look at the full results, particularly the men’s 69kg to see who in this group of talented lifters has gone on to stardom (or infamy).

3 lifters who won medals at the 2009 Youth Worlds made it to the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Rim Jong Sim (PRK) won gold both times.

Deng Wei (CHN) who didn’t make it in 2012 is now a two-time Senior World Champion (2014 and 2015) and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist at 63kg.

The class of 2017?

Ok so now it’s time to watch and enjoy the 2017 Youth Worlds. Who from this group of talented young lifters will advance to the mountain top over the next 3 years?

Here are some useful links to the enjoy the event:

Here is the IWF Event page. The info is a little spot but there is usually a live scoreboard. Perhaps the best place to go is the event page on All Things Gym.