Liao Hui failed in his attempt to break two world records in the men's 77kg event ©IWF

China’s Liao Hui enthralled his home crowd at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Grand Prix event in the city of Fuzhou as the Beijing 2008 Olympic champion attempted to break the men’s under 77 kilogram total world record, as well as setting a new clean and jerk mark.

The event which saw 10 weight categories competing, with five for both men and women, acted as a qualification event for Rio 2016 but all the focus was on Liao who has moved up a to the 77kg division.

Hui finished the snatch part of the event by lifting 170kg, four kilograms more than his world record in the 69kg division, with his success at the weight giving him a large advantage over his rivals to set him up for a comfortable victory.

The 27-year-old, who missed the London 2012 Olympics due to receiving a one-year doping ban, succeeded with a clean and jerk lift of 190kg then failed with two attempts to achieve the world record weight of 211kg.

Despite his failure his total of 360kg proved more than enough to take the gold with Kazakhstan’s Kirill Pavlov and Aidar Kazov completing the podium positions, having lifted 350kg and 347kg respectively.

China would dominate much of the men’s events in front of a home crowd with Jianjun Ding triumphing in the men’s under 62kg event after lifting a total of 309kg saw him finish four kilograms ahead of Indonesia’s Eko Yuli Irawan, while Jie Zhang won the under 69kg division after lifting 315kg.

Haojie Lu would also leave the event with a share of the $160,000 (£95,000/€150,000) in prize money which was awarded to the winners after triumphing in the men’s under 85kg event by lifting a total of 365kg to see off the challenge of Russia’s Alexey Yufkin, who finished three kilograms behind.

Chinese weightlifters proved dominant throughout
Chinese weightlifters proved dominant throughout ©Facebook/IWF

Italy’s Mirco Scarantino and Indonesia’s Muhamad Purkon prevented China from securing a clean sweep in the men’s events, with the later topping the podium ahead of the European lifting by achieving a total of 143kg.

However China were able to secure golds in each of the women’s events which took place with former world junior champion Chunying Guan claiming the 48kg title by lifting 190kg, while the 53kg world champion in 2013, Yajun Li achieved a total lift of 221kg to secure gold.

Ping Li would add to the host’s gold medal tally by winning the women’s 58kg event by lifting 230kg, with her lower bodyweight giving her the victory ahead of her compatriot Lina Chai, who had also achieved the same total.

Chinese domination was confirmed when Guiming Chen won the 63kg division with a total lift of 230kg, while Wangli Zhang’s total of 263kg in the 69kg event saw her finish 28kg ahead of her nearest challenger Sara Samir Elsayed Mohamed Ahmed of Egypt.