DPRK, Kazakhstan break China's monopoly at Guangzhou Asiad

08:00, November 17, 2010      

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DPR Korea and Kazakhstan broke China's monopoly in weightlifting at the Guangzhou Asiad on Tuesday.

After collecting five gold medals out of six during the first three days, China only gained one bronze in day four as world champion Maneza Maiya of Kazakhstan and Pang Kum Chol of DPR Korea clinched the gold medals respectively.

In women's 63kg, world champion Maneza showed her supremacy in the clean and jerk to claim the gold, while Pang triumphed at the men's 77kg competition thanks to the jerk failure of China's hot favourite Su Dajin.

China topped the weightlifting medal standings with five golds and one bronze, followed by DPR Korea with two golds, three silvers and one bronze. The third place was taken by Kazakhstan with one gold, two silvers and one bronze.

Maneza, who increased the jerk world record to 143kg at last month's world championships, jerked 135kg in her third attempt to secure the gold medal with a winning total of 241kg, 1kg more than Kim Soo Kyung of South Korea. China's Chen Aichan gained the bronze at 233kg.

In the snatch, Maneza only ranked the third after snatching 106kg, 1kg less than Kim and 2kg less than Chen.

Entering into the clean and jerk, Chen quit the gold pursue because she failed at 130kg after jerking 125kg in her first attempt. Kim took the lead as she raised 133kg in her third attempt.

Maneza succeeded in lifting 133kg in her first attempt, but failed at 135kg in her second attempt. Lagging behind Kim 1kg in total, the 25-year-old Kazakh, whose bodyweight is heavier than Kim, had to jerk at least 135kg to clinch the gold.

Maneza stood with the pressure by lifting 135kg in her final attempt.

Pang didn't need to survive such a fierce competition as his biggest rival Su failed in all jerk attempts. Su, who failed in all jerk attempts at last month's world championships, repeated it again this time in Guangzhou.

Su made the crowd crazy by taking the lead after hoisting 158kg in the snatch, 2kg more than Pang.

However, in the clean and jerk, Pang lifted a controlled weight of 185kg in his first attempt before Su failed to lift 190kg. In front of a capacity of some three thousand spectators, Su didn't find his rhythm and wasted the last chances at 190kg.

Pang secured the gold by jerking 192kg in his second attempt. With a 23kg-lead against second-placed Pavlov Kirill of Kazakhstan, Pang gave up his third attempt.

Pang totalled at 348kg, followed by Pavlov Kirill at 325kg and Shauyeteyev Dauren of Kazakhstan at 310kg.

"Chinese lifters are all in a high-level, but Su didn't perform well, I felt sorry about that," said Pang, who finished sixth in total of 340kg at world championships.

Pang's gold is the second weightlifting gold for his country, after Kim Kum Sok won the men's 69kg class yesterday.

Source: Xinhua


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