However, on his third attempt, he successfully lifted 176kg, securing a gold medal. Vietnamese weightlifter Le Van Cong competes at the 2023 World Para Powerlifting Championships in the UAE. Vietnamese weightlifter Le Van Cong celebrates his performance at the 2023 World Para Powerlifting Championships. Photo: IPCWednesday’s achievement marked Cong’s second world gold medal, adding to his previous accolades of one gold, three silver medals, and the establishment of two records at prior events. Le Van Cong is currently Vietnam’s premier athlete with disabilities, holding both the world and Paralympic records for lifting at 183.5kg and 183kg, respectively.