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Liao claims fifth Weightlifting gold for China

Updated: 2008-08-12 21:39:00
Liao claims fifth Weightlifting gold for China
Liao Hui of China takes a snatch lift (Photo credit: Xinhua)

(BEIJING, August 12) -- Chinese weightlifter Liao Hui lifted a total of 348 kilograms to clinch the gold in the Men's 69kg Weightlifting category, finishing 10kg ahead of Vencelas Dabaya-Tientcheu of France.

Tigran Gevorg Martirosyan of Armenia also lifted the same 338kg as Dabaya-Tientcheu, but took the bronze because of a lighter pre-competition weigh-in.

Liao, last year's world champion, combined 158kg in the Snatch and 190kg in the Clean and Jerk for a winning total of 348kg, adding a fifth Weightlifting gold for China in this year's tournament.

"I felt very nervous at the very first attempt of both Snatch and Clean and Jerk.” said Liao, referring to his fail in these two attempts. “There were unnecessary mistakes, fortunately I survived. Eventually I got the Gold medal."

Favorite Lee Baeyoung of the Republic of Korea, who took silver at Athens, suffered cramps in both legs in the Clean and Jerk and failed in all three attempts.

Shi Zhiyong of China, defending champion in the Men's 62kg Weightlifting category, was another favorite who failed to make the podium.

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