Thailand's Teerapat Chomchuen won on the opening day of the IWF Youth World Championships in Bangkok today ©IWF

Thailand's Teerapat Chomchuen delighted the home crowd as he claimed the men's 50 kilograms title on the opening day of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships in the Thai capital of Bangkok today.

Chomchuen clinched the gold medal with his overall score of 216kg.

He produced an effort of 91kg in the snatch section before lifting 125kg in the clean and jerk phase of the competition. 

Nguyen Quoc Bao Le of Vietnam agonisingly finished second, just 1kg short on 215kg.

He surpassed Chomchuen's score in the snatch with 96kg but fell way behind in the clean and jerk with a best attempt of 119kg.

Shiguo Huang of China completed the top three with a total of 213kg.

There was also women's action today as China's Yarou Chen proved too good for the rest of the field in the 44kg division. 

Chen led the way in both disciplines, scoring 72kg in her snatch lift and 92kg in her clean and jerk to give her a combined total of 164kg.

Teerapat Chomchuen claimed gold in the men's 50kg with a total score of 216kg ©IWF
Teerapat Chomchuen claimed gold in the men's 50kg with a total score of 216kg ©IWF

Manuela Andrea Berrio Zuluaga of Colombia finished in second place on 160kg while Song Hui Pak of North Korea rounded out the podium as she finished in third on 157kg.

Earlier today, the IWF held their Congress in Bangkok at the Grand Four Wing Convention Hotel prior to competition beginning.

It was announced that there will be seven candidates for the Presidency of the IWF.

Qatar's Mohamed Yousef Al-Mana, China's Ma Wenguang, Ali Moradi of Iran, Monico Puentevella of The Philippines, Romania's Nicu Vlad and European Weightlifting Federation President Antonio Urso are all vying to become IWF President.

Hungary's Tamás Aján has been at the helm of the organisation since 2000 and was challenged by Italian Urso back in 2013.

Delegates from 56 Member Federations were in attendance and they also received updates from the Financial, Membership and Anti-Doping Commissions.