‘North Korean Weightlifting Hero’ Rim Jeong-sim

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Asian Games ‘North Korean Weightlifting Hero’ Rim Jeong-sim Does not Participate, While his Yyounger Brother Rim Eun-sim Participates in the 64kg Class

North Korean weightlifters return to international competitions four years after the 2019 World Championships

North Korean weightlifters, who once threatened China and showed off their might as a weightlifting powerhouse, will appear on the international stage for the first time in four years through the Hangzhou Asian Games.

Over the past four years, the North Korean weightlifting team appears to have achieved a 'generational change'. 토토사이트

The names of 'Olympic gold medalists' who are familiar to Korean weightlifting fans, such as Lim Jeong-sim (30) and Eom Yun-cheol (31), are not on the list (14 people) of this Asian Games.

There are many new faces, with 8 out of 14 making their international debut in Hangzhou.

However, Lim Jeong-sim's younger brother Lim Eun-sim (27) will challenge for his second consecutive Asian Games gold medal in Hangzhou.

At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, her older sister Lim Jeong-sim ranked first in the women's 75 kg class, and Lim Eun-sim won a gold medal in the 69 kg class.

At that time, sisters Lim Jeong-sim and Eun-sim participated in an adult international competition together for the first time and won their first Asian Games gold medal.

Rim Jeong-sim is a weightlifting hero that North Korea is proud of.

Lim Jeong-sim won the women's weightlifting 69kg class at the 2012 London Olympics and topped the 75kg class at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In 2019, she won the gold medal in the 76kg class at the Pattaya World Championships.

After making her international debut at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Lim Eun Sim took second place in the 64kg class at the 2019 World Championships in Pattaya, making her leap into world-class status.

However, since the 2019 Pattaya World Championships, North Korean weightlifters have not participated in major international competitions.

North Korea was disciplined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 due to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) within the country.

The disciplinary action automatically ended on December 31, 2022.

North Korean weightlifters did not participate in the recently concluded 2023 World Championships in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

North Korean weightlifters will not be able to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics as they have repeatedly failed to participate in international competitions where Olympic ranking points are at stake.

This year's Hangzhou Asian Games is the first opportunity to check the 'current situation' of North Korean weightlifting, which has disappeared for about four years.

Rim Eun-sim, who was the ‘youngest member of the weightlifting powerhouse North Korea national team’ until four years ago, will lead the national team in this competition.

An official from the Asian Weightlifting Federation, "There is no way to confirm this accurately, but I heard that Rim Jong-sim is actually retired and living as an instructor (coach).

North Korean weightlifters consider Rim Eun-sim to be the star of this Asian Games."

The women's 64kg weightlifting competition in which Rim Eun-sim will participate will be held on October 2nd.

Korea's Ji-an Han (Daejeon Metropolitan Sports Council) will also participate in this game.

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