Although the Olympic games are over, Team China shows no signs of slowing down as Chinese lifter Lu Delin hits an incredible PR. In a recent video, the young athlete is seen snatching 190kg (418lb) with blocks, an incredible feat for those competing in the Men’s 81kg weightlifting category.
The recent Tokyo Olympic games demonstrated that Team China is a force to be reckoned with. In the 81kg division, Chinese weightlifter, Lu Xiaojun, took home the gold medal and set the Olympic records for his 170kg (374lb) snatch and 204kg (449lb) clean & jerk. Previously Xiaojun set the official world record for 81kg men’s snatch with a 174kg lift (383lb), only to be beaten by yet another Chinese weightlifter, Li Dayin, with his 175kg (385) snatch at the 2020 Asian Weightlifting Championships.
Despite all the great weightlifters produced by China already, Lu Delin’s arrival on the scene shows there is yet another superstar amongst their ranks. At only 23 years old, Delin’s recent activity is monumental. While he is using blocks in the video, which makes it easier to move weight, moving 190kg, an additional 15kg above the world record, means he can lift some serious numbers.
In another video posted on Delin’s Instagram, he is reportedly seen snatching 180kg. If replicated in an official championship game, Delin may be able to break the current record for the 81kg men’s snatch and cement his status as one of the world’s preeminent snatch specialists.
Lu Delin is definitely a name to keep in mind as he turns his sights onto the Chinese Nationals this October. Competing against weightlifting titans like Xiaojun and Dayin may be no easy task, but if Delin can replicate his numbers then Team China may have a new champion in the future.