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Chinese weightlifters dominant on world championships opening day

11-07-2011 13:47 BJT

Chinese weightlifters dominated the first day's competition of the World Championships as they made a clean sweep of all the six golds at stake Sunday.

Eighteen-year old Tian Yuan won the snatch, clean-and-jerk and overall golds in the women's 48-kg competition, before Wu Jingbiao pulled off the same feat in the men's 56-kg contention.

Tian turned out so strong for her opponents that she secured the snatch and clean-and-jerk golds, and the overall one as a result, on her first attempts. Then she succeeded in her remaining four attempts to win the snatch gold with a lift of 90 kg, the clean-and-jerk one with 117 kg and the overall with 207 kg.

Wu Jingbiao beat his teammate Zhao Chaojun to win the men's 56-kg snatch gold with a lift of 133 kg, the clean-and-jerk gold with 159 kg and the overall with 292 kg.

"I have been improving every year," Wu said. "In the 2009 World Championships, I won one gold, then last year, I won two. Now, I won three."

"But I crave for only one gold, the next year's Olympic gold," he said.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Global Times

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