Five-Time Weightlifting Record-Breaker

Ri Song Hui (right) coaches a weightlifter in the training session.

Ri Song Hui was a DPRK weightlifting star who cut a brilliant figure on Asian and world weightlifting fronts in the 1990s.

She made her international debut at the 12th Asian weightlifting championships held in China.

She had been a dark horse before the championships and won the 58kg category event of the competition to draw the attention of the weightlifting world.

Fairly introvert yet tenacious, Ri was stranger to self-conceit.

Hard training enabled her to break the world record in the jerk of women’s 58kg division at the 13th Asian Games and renew the record in the same event at the world women’s weightlifting championships in 1999 to win the first place.

As a result, she distinguished herself as a world weightlifting star in the 58kg category.

In 2000, the 13th Asian women’s weightlifting championships took place in Japan.

In the competition Ri reset the world jerk record once again to top the totals.

She went on to establish new records at the 14th Asian Games and the 15th world women’s weightlifting championships and snatched gold medals, thereby consolidating her dominant position.

During her playing career, she won two Asian championships and bettered the record five times at international games.

In recognition of her feats, she was awarded the titles of Labour Hero and People’s Athlete of the country.

After finishing her playing career, she studied at Korea University of Physical Education and since graduation in 2012 she has worked as a women’s weightlifting coach at the Amnokgang Sports Club.

Categories: Sports, Women of Korea

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