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.
|1||Ri Su Yon||PRK|
|3||Ahmed Heba Saleh Mahmoud||EGY|
|2||Rim Un Sim||PRK|
|1||Samir Elsayed Sara||EGY|
|1||Dajomes Neisi Patricia||ECU|
|2||Hulpan Sorina Florina||ROU|
|2||Pak Jong Ju||PRK|
|2||Mayora Pernia Julio Ruben||VEN|
|3||Vizitiu Daniel Florin||ROU|
|1||Kwon Yong Gwang||PRK|
|2||Emad Gouda Ahmed||EGY|
|2||Adel Mohamed Ahmed||EGY|
|3||Ragala Venkat Rahul||IND|
|1||Dehghan Alireza Ghahfarokhi||IRI|
|3||Fazli Amir Hossein||IRI|
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.
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?
|3||Nguyen Thi Hong||VIE|
|2||Kim Hyo Sim||PRK|
|2||Rim Jong Sim||PRK|
|2||Thach Kim Tuan||VIE|
|3||Mohammadpour Saeid Karkarach||IRI|
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: