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Chinaese lifter Li sets Olympic records and wins women's 58kg gold

07-31-2012 04:15 BJT

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Li Xueying set two Olympic records en route to winning the women's 58kg weightlifting title on Monday.

The 22-year-old snatched 108kg and registered a total of 246kg, surpassing the previous Olympic records of 107kg and 244kg respectively. Li also tied the clean-and-jerk Olympic record of 138kg.

Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand got silver with a total of 236kg, and Ukrainian Yuliya Kalina won bronze with 235kg.

Li's road to gold met early obstacles in the snatch as she failed at her first attempt at 105kg. But she redeemed herself in the second try at the same weight and smashed the Olympic record in the third attempt.

In the clean-and-jerk session, she opened with 133kg and hoisted the first two attempts effortlessly, but was unable to lift 144kg on her final attempt, 3kg above the world record, in an effort to also set a world record total.

"This is my first Olympics and my nerve caught me and caused some technical problems at the beginning, but I told myself to pull off my best and keep on fighting," Li said.

Li's success won China's third consecutive gold in the Olympic women's 58kg category.

"My goal is to break the world record. It's a pity that just did not happen," she said.

The competition for silver and bronze was intense with six lifters all having chances to secure a medal. Thailand's Pimsiri Sirikaew, in seventh place after the snatch section with 100kg, won silver thanks to a clean and jerk of 136kg.

"I did as I was trained to do, and that is the best I can do," she said.

Yulia Kalina clinched bronze, built on her snatch of 106kg, topped only by Li.

"I couldn't believe it when I was told I had come third. I had to check the standings myself," the Ukrainian said.

Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan, who is 19, was in the running for a medal after snatching 105kg but fell short in the clean and jerk with 128kg, eventually finishing fifth. Thailand's second competitor, Rattikan Gulnoi, finished fourth with 234kg.

World champion Nastassia Novikava of Belarus finished in seventh place but suffered some puzzling decisions from the judges in the clean and jerk, particularly on her final attempt with 133kg, which would have given her the bronze medal.

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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