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Chinese Hercules make world class performance at City Games
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08:20, November 01, 2007

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Chinese young weightlifters made world-class performance in the men's 56kg and 62kg categories at the 6th Chinese City Games in Central China's Wuhan on Wednesday.

Li Lizhi, bronze medalist in Asian Championships, and Yang Fan, winner of the World Championships in Ching Mai, Thailand, all lifted better results than they did in World Championships.

Li, 20, representing Changsha, Hunan Province, combined lifts of 127kg in the snatch with 159kg in the clean and jerk to finish with 286kg to clinch the gold in the 56kg class, three kilograms more than his result in World Championships.

"It is the first time that I win the gold in major competitions," said Li. "I'm quite satisfied with my performance today.

"I want to tell the good news to my parents right now!" added the 20-year-old.

The silver was taken by Li's teammate Tao Jin, who also hoisted286kg, but lost to Li due to body weight disadvantage.

Wu Jingbiao of Xiamen, silver medalist in World Junior Championships in Prague, finished third at 280kg.

In the men's 62kg category, newly crowned world champion Yang hoisted 144kg in the snatch, two kilograms more than his 142kg snatching result in the World Championships.

The unlucky Yang failed all his three attempts in the jerk to give the gold medal to Zhang Jie, who lifted a total of 310kg while snatching 142kg and jerking 168kg.

Yang asked for 170kg in his first attempt in the jerk, but failed. Then, the young weightlifter asked for 174kg in his last two attempts to throw the burden to Zhang but failed either.

"I felt very tired today," said Yang. "I desired the gold too much that I asked 174kg after failing to lift 170kg."

The gold medalist Zhang was quite happy about his result today.

"My personal best is 330kg," said Zhang. "I think I'm quite lucky today as Yang Fan failed all his attempts in the jerk."

"To beat a world champion is not easy, and I took my chance," Zhang added.

Jin Jiangtao, who lifted 143kg and finished second in the snatch, failed all the attempts in the jerk and got no result.

Liu Xin of Guangzhou took the silver at 304kg. The bronze medalist, Wu Chao of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, also hoisted 304kg in total, but lost to Liu due to body weight disadvantage.

A total of 128 lifters from 48 cities competed in eight categories for men at the 10-day City Games.

Source: Xinhua



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