Ma Jianping just hopped on the weightlifting subreddit with this gem from 2010, a world record setting snatch by Li Ping, hitting 103kg at 53kg.http://instagram.com/p/yEMFuetnlz/
He writes “This is a video of my student, Li Ping (53kg). When I was a resident coach in Zhuhai (Guangdong Province) I went recruiting for athletes around China and stopped by a city school in Hunan and found her. She came from the mountainside in rural Hunan and was very skinny and weak, but she was extremely coordinated at a young age and desperate to bring her family out of poverty. Her family did not know the sport of weightlifting but I promised that I would help change her life and they agreed to let her go… Over time she became the #1 Jr lifter in Hunan, and then a national level athlete. Eventually, she realized her dreams and became Asian Games and China National Champion and still holds the snatch record in the 53kg class.”
Can you imagine, saying goodbye to your family and everyone you know to go and be a bread-winning weightlifter?
He does a bit of a Q&A in the reddit post, the most interesting bit being a brief explanation of her downward gaze when she catches the bar. Link:http://www.reddit.com/…/li_ping_53kg_103kg_snatch_world_re…/
If you’d like to know more about Ma Jianping, you can check out his website at www.chineseweightlifting.com/