Asian champion Sun Haibo crowned strongest man in Chinese National Games

09:04, October 27, 2009      

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Asian champion Sun Haibo beat defending champion Dong Feng to claim the title of the strongest man in China in the men's weightlifting over 105kg division at the 11th Chinese National Games on Monday.


Sun Haibo from Jilin waves to the spectators during the awarding ceremony for the men's +105kg category final of weight-lifting at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Sun claimed the title with a total weight of 445kg. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Earlier in the day, teenager Yang Zhe of Shandong also stunned veteran Wang Hailong with obvious advantage to win the gold in the men's 105kg division.

However, the winning results of two divisions were still far away from those of the Beijing Olympics.

Sun, representing Jilin province, made an amazing lift in his second attempt, jerking 245kg, totaling 445kg to secure the gold.


Dong Feng from Liaoning competes during the men's +105kg category final of weight-lifting at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Dong Feng won the silver with a total weight of 438kg. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Sun, Asian champion in 2007, still had to improve his performance in the future, because his result was 16 kilos short of the result of the Beijing Olympic champion Matthias Steiner of Germany, the strongest man in the world.

The runner-up Dong, 31, hoisted a total of 438kg while Sun's teammate Yu Mingqiu got the bronze at 427kg.

"If China wants to become the real power in world weightlifting, we must develop the heavier divisions," said Ma Wenguang, president of the Chinese Weightlifting Association.


Sun Haibo from Jilin competes during the men's +105kg category final of weight-lifting at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009.(Xinhua/Wang Lei)

"We organized a team to make a research in the past years, and tried a lot to improve the performance of the lifters in the heavier divisions, but it was not effective," he added.

In the men's 105kg division, the 18-year-old Yang, winner in the national championships in 2008, took the lead since the snatch to nail the gold with one attempt left, totalling at 402kg.

Yang's winning result had a whopping deficit of 34kg compared with the weight lifted by the Olympic champion Andrei Aramnau of Belarus in Beijing.

"I'm still young. I will keep improving my result and surpass myidol Cui Wenhua one day," Yang told the press.


Yu Mingqiu from Jilin competes during the men's +105kg category final of weight-lifting at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 26, 2009. Yu Mingqiu won the bronze with a total weight of 427kg. (Xinhua/Wang Lei)

Cui, taking four golds in a row in the National Games, set the national record of the total at 420kg, before retiring after the 10th National Games in 2005.

Wang of Heilongjiang, winner in last Games in the 94kg division, took the silver at 393kg, while Zhang Lixiong of Hebei collected bronze at 390kg.

Source: Xinhua
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