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Kazakhstan's lifter wins women's 63kg gold in Olympic record

08-01-2012 02:47 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

By Sportswriter Gao Chuan

LONDON, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Maiya Maneza won Kazakhstan's second weightlifting gold at the London Olympics, setting an Olympic record of 245kg in total in the women's 63kg category on Tuesday.

Competition was close during the snatch session. Russian lifter Svetlana Tsarukaeva, 2011 world champion, led early by snatching 112kg to Maneza's 110kg. However, during the clean-and-jerk, the Russian's only success was her first attempt of 125kg, signalled the end of her challenge for gold and her total of 237kg could just settle for silver, 1kg more than Canada's Christine Girard, who lifted a total of 236kg.

Maneza, the current clean-and-jerk world record holder, had the gold medal in her pocket after her first attempt of 135kg in the clean-and-jerk, which gave her an Olympic record total of 245kg. Further attempts at breaking her world record with 144kg were not successful.

"I am very pleased, because this is my first Olympics. I have waited my whole life for this," Maneza said. "It would've been better if I jerked 144kg and broke the world record, 135kg was a bit weak."

At the press conference after the match, the gold medalist denied speculations that she was a Chinese athlete who owned the Kazakhstan nationality only a few years ago.

"I was actually born in Kyrgyzstan. When I was a little girl I lived in China for 10 years but now I live in Kazakhstan. I chose to represent Kazakhstan because I wanted to be part of the country," she said.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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