China's lifter Li Ping defends the title with two world records at Guangzhou Asiad

08:29, November 15, 2010      

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Defending champion Li Ping of China shocked Asia as she broke two world records to win the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the 16th Guangzhou Asiad here on Sunday.

Li raised 103kg in the snatch, one kilogram more than the previous world record set by DPR Korea's Ri Song Hui in 2002, and continued her momentum by jerking 127kg to secure the gold medal with a total of 230kg, 4kg more than the previous world record set by China's Qiu Hongxia in 2006.

The 22 year-old lifter expressed her happiness after becoming the first athlete at the Guangzhou Asiad to thrash world record. "The snatch world record is a surprise to me as I am not good at it, but breaking the total world record is in our plan."

Li has surpassed all three world records in this category at last year's National Games, but the sound performance was not written into world records books because the sporting governing body, the International Weightlifting Federation, only recognizes records set in world, continental and Olympic competitions.

As the reigning champion, Li grasped the Guangzhou Asiad to prove her supremacy in this category to the world.

With only ten lifters participating, Li met few challenge as she snatched 100kg to take the lead. She thrashed the snatch world record in her third attempt.

Entering into the clean and jerk, Li raised 127kg in her second attempt to break the total world record, but failed to break the jerk world record(129kg) held by herself as she didn't hoist 130kg.

"130kg is an easy weight for me in daily training, but I was a little bit nervous on the stage. Anyway, I will train hard to break it (jerk world record) in future," added Li.

Chinshanlo Zulfiya of Kazakhstan gained the silver at 219kg, while Jaroenrattanatarakoon P. of Thailand, Beijing Olympic gold medalist, collected the bronze at 215kg.

Source: Xinhua


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