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Li Ping wins gold but fails to break world records in weightlifting worlds
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08:07, September 21, 2007

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Li Ping of China pushed herself to the limit but failed to shatter two world records after she took the gold medal in the women's 53kg category at the world weightlifting championships on Thursday.

Li, world record of the jerk, tried to lifted 134kg, 8kg more than her previous lift in her last attempt to break the world record of the jerk and total, but failed.

"I knew the weight was too much for me, but I just wanted to sit on the brink of my limit," Li told the press.

Her coach Ma Wenhui said shattering the world records was also a decision from the coaching team.

"She has never lifted such weight before. We hoped she could be more confident in the future so persuaded her to break the world records," he said.

The 19-year-old powerwoman had already won the gold medal in total after her first lift in the jerk. She hoisted 126kg in her next jerk to reach a total of 219kg.

"Competing in the Olympic Games is every athlete's dream and it is always my dream too," Li said.

"I don't know if I can be enrolled in the Chinese Olympic squad, but I will try my best to realize my dream," she added.

The world record of the jerk was set by herself at 129kg in the Asian championships in April. And the world record of total was created by her compatriot Qiu Hongxia in the worlds in 2006.

Li, who started wightlifting at 11, was not good at snatching as she finished with the third place at 93kg before her superb show in the jerk.

Nastassia Novikava of Belarus, who was placed fifth in the Athens Olympics, hoisted the silver with 213kg and Yoon Jin-hee of South Korea the bronze with 211kg.

The 26-year-old Novikava refused to tell her Olympic expectations in 2008 in the press conference.

Source: Xinhua

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