Sports: China wins 2 gold in weightlifting; Thai lifter takes second gold

(From agencies)

China won weightlifting gold medals in the men’s 69kg and women’s 63 kg events while South Korean fencer Park Sang-young won gold in the men’s individual epee at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday.

Deng Wei of China celebrates at the awarding ceremony of the women's 63KG weightlifting group

Deng Wei of China celebrates at the award ceremony after winning  gold in the women’s 63 kg weightlifting at Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday

For China, Shi Zhiyong won the men’s 69k with a total of 352kg while Deng Wei won the women’s 63kg weightlifting by breaking two world records in just five lifts at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, China Daily reports.

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Deng, world champion in 2014 and 2015, came into the clean and jerk competition with a four-kilo buffer in the snatch. After jerking 138kg in her first attempts, she had already won the gold medal with a total of 253kg as other opponents had finished all the lifts.

Then the 23-year-old lifter began her solo in the fifth attempt, putting an ambitious 147kg above her head steadily for a total of 262kg, breaking two world records in jerk and total by one kilo respectively.

Choe Hyo Sim of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, bronze medalist at the world championships in 2015, clinched the silver medal at 248kg while Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan, third in 2015 world ranking, grabbed the bronze at 243kg.

In the men’s 69 kg weightlifting competition, China’s Shi Zhiyong won the gold medal after his clean and jerk lift of 190 kilograms on his second attempt.

Shi Zhiyong

Shi Zhiyong

With a total weight lifted of 352 kilograms, Shi got past Turkey’s Daniyar Ismayilov by a single kilogram.

Kyrgyzstan’s Izzat Artykov took the bronze.

South Korean fencer Park Sang-young won gold in the men’s individual epee on Tuesday powered by a furious comeback that erased a late deficit, Yonhap reports.

Park defeated Geza Imre of Hungary 15-14 in the thrilling final at Carioca Arena 3 for South Korea’s first fencing medal in Rio.

Down 14-10 with under three minutes remaining, Park reeled off five unanswered points to complete the unlikely comeback and give South Korea its third gold medal.

Park, ranked 21st, has never lost to the third-ranked Imre in three meetings.

Japan’s swimmer claims silver

Japan’s Masato Sakai won silver medal in the men’s 200-meter butterfly final after giving  Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps a tough fight.

Sakai went full blast in the final 50 meters to post a time of 1 minute, 53.40 seconds.

He was just 0.04 behind Phelps, who won in 1:53.36.

Hungary’s Tamas Kenderesi took the bronze in 1:53.62.

Sukanya takes another gold

Thai weightlifters scored a historic double at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday when they won gold and silver in the women’s 58-kilogram class, The Nation reports.

Sukanya Srisurat handed Thailand its second Rio Games gold medal. The 21-year-old weightlifter from Chon Buri set the Riocentro Pavilion 2 alight with a new Olympic snatch record.

Sukanya lifted 105kg in her first attempt in the snatch and was still successful when she increased the weight to 108kg. In her third attempt, she lifted a new Olympic record of 110kg, erasing the old Olympic standard of 108kg, which was set by China’s Li Xueying at the London Games four years ago. Read More



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