Chinese lifter Li claims men's 77kg gold at Asian championships

Chinese lifter Li Hongli hoisted 369kg in total to win the gold medal in men's 77kg category in Asian Weightlifting Championships.

The 27-year-old medalist also won gold medals in the snatch with 168kg and the clean and jerk with 201kg.

Li was quite satisfied with his performance. "It's my best performance in international games in recent years," he said.

Sandow Weldemar Nasution from Indonesia took the silver at 328kg. Kuznetsov Vladimir from Kazakhstan settled for the bronze at 322kg.

Li, winner of the World Weightlifting Championship 2005 and the Doha Asian Games, both with 361 kg in total, made three clear lifts at 160kg, 165kg and 168kg in the snatch.

Li didn't come across any tough rivals today as his first attempt in snatch was 18kg heavier than the silver medalist's achievement. He also succeeded all his three attempts in the jerk at 190kg, 197kg and 201kg.

Sandow from Indonesia tried to lift 191kg in his third attempt but failed.

Li said the winter training helped him improve his performance a lot, especially in jerk. "I'm confident in competing in 2008 and win an Olympic gold medal," he noted.

His performance was highly praised by Chen Wenbin, coach of the Chinese men's weightlifting team.

"He has made the best performance among the male lifters since the Asian Championship began," Chen said, adding that Li had made great progress in jerk skill.

Source: Xinhua

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