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China's Lu Yong wins men's 85kg weightlifting gold
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20:38, August 15, 2008


Lu Yong of China tries a lift during the men's 85kg group A competition of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games weightlifting event in Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008.(Xinhua Photo/Yang Lei)

Chinese weightlifter Lu Yong claimed the men's 85kg title at the Beijing Olympics on Friday, clearing a total of 394kg, equaling the world record set by Andrei Rybakou from Belarus one minute ago.

Lu, 22, beat Rybakou to the second place due to less bodyweight. Lu, who finished second in the snatch with 180kg, overcame 214kg in the jerk in his second attempt but the referees stunned the world by changing their first decision of "made" to "fail".

Lu had to lift the 214kg in his third attempt. Under huge pressure, the Chinese made it and clinched the gold unquestionably.

Tigran Varban Martirosyan from Armenia got the bronze with a total of 380kg, beating Vladimir Sedov from Kazakhstan, who also cleared 380kg, off the podium with bodyweight advantage.


Lu Yong of China celebrates during the men's 85kg group A competition of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games weightlifting event in Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008. Lu Yong won the gold with a total of 394 kg.(Xinhua/Yang Lei)


Lu Yong of China kisses the bar after men's 85kg group A competition of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games weightlifting event in Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008. Lu Yong won the gold with a total of 394 kg.(Xinhua/Yang Lei)

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