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Chen Xiexia shrugs off nervousness to lift gold at weightlifting

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21:33, September 17, 2007

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Chinese rookie Chen Xiexia made a superb debut at the world weightlifting championships as she won the gold medal in the women's 48kg category here on Monday.

"I was very nervous since I arrived here, but luciky, I shrugged the pressure off and won the first gold medal for China," Chen said.

The 24-year-old Chen combined lifts of 96kg in the snatch with 118kg in the clean and jerk to finish with 214kg.

Bunphitak, who took silver at 196kg in the Asian Championships in April, hoisted the silver with 196kg and her compatriot Pensiri Laosirikul the bronze on 195kg.

Focused and determined, a stoic Chen, world record holder of clean and jerk, hoisted 96kg in the snatch, 10kg more than Pramsiri Bunphitak of Thailand.

Despite lack of the international competition experience, Chen left no room for challenges, completing her first two lifts in the clean and jerk with apparent ease.

She asked 122kg in her last attempting, trying to break the world record of jerk and the total, but failed.

"Breaking the world records was my goal in Chiang Mai, but I didn't make it. I was quite angry with myself," said Chen.

"Next time I will try to rewrite worlds record again."

Chen emerged onto the international stage at the Asian Championships in April as she clinched the gold medal and created the world record of the jerk at 120kg.

"She is quite potential in this category and I think there is still room for her to lift better results in the future," said Ma Wenhui, head coach of Chinese women's team.

Source: Xinhua

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