Local female weightlifter Kuo wins gold medal in World Championships
By John Liu , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuo Hsing-chuen (郭婞淳) recently won a gold medal at the 2013 World Weightlifting Championship held in Poland, where she lifted 108 kilograms in the snatch event and 133 kilograms in the clean and jerk event, amassing a total weight of 241 kilograms.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Her performance beat out her competitors by a mile. Silver medalist Maria Alexandra Escobar Guerrero from Ecuador lifted 103 kilograms in the snatch event and 122 kilograms in the clean and jerk, totaling 225 kilograms. Bronze medalist Elena Shadrina from Russia lifted 96 kilograms in the snatch and 122 kilograms in the clean and jerk, totaling 218 kilograms.
Kuo broke her own personal record of 238 kilograms set in July of this year, which also set the record for Taiwan. The 20-year-old college sophomore has lifted at least 237 kilograms in three consecutive international competitions this year.
Kuo won two gold medals this year at the 2013 Universiade and 2013 East Asian Games. The Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education said that Kuo will represent Taiwan at the 2014 Asian Games, 2016 Summer Olympics and 2017 Universiade.
With a body weight of 58 kilograms, Kuo lifted 15 tons, three hundred times her own weight, every day during training sessions. Kuo said that she regarded her strenuous training as “supplemental diets.”
Kuo was born into a poor aboriginal single-parent family, and was once homeless. Even when she stayed at her relative's home, she had to study and do her homework “on the floor.” Kuo's livelihood improved after she enrolled in National Taitung University Affiliated Physical Education Senior High School.
Kuo's tough upbringing strengthened her resolve to succeed, as demonstrated in her impressive performances at a string of international competitions. Since her participation in the 2011 World Lifting Championship, at which she lifted 212 kilograms in total, Kuo's total lifted weight has grown 13.7 percent over the past two years, and she has repeatedly broken her own records over the course of her past seven competitions.
Kuo started weightlifting in junior high school. She often trained so hard that her palms became smeared with blood. This did not stop her. Wrapping up her injuries with bandages, she kept on training. “The medal will ultimately be mine so long as I have the strength to continue,” was her motto.
Kuo had a major setback at the 2012 London Olympics. As one of Taiwan's star athletes, she was expected to win a medal. After a disappointing performance, Kuo recovered and regained her confidence by the end of last year.