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WEIGHTLIFTER’S WORLD RECORD. Long Qingquan of China competes in the men’s
56-kilogram weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. Long won the gold medal and set a world record. (AP Photo/Mike
From The Asian Reporter, V26, #16 (August 15, 2016), page 8.
Long Qingquan sets world record in winning Olympic
By Jenna Fryer
The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO — Long Qingquan of China set a world record in winning Olympic
gold in the men’s weightlifting 53-kilogram category at the Rio de Janeiro
Long’s total score of 307 kilograms set the record and was aided by a final
170-kilo lift in clean and jerk in what turned out to be a battle between former
Long, a gold medallist in 2008, was leading the competition after the snatch
and all the way through clean and jerk until Om Yun-Chol of North Korea lifted
169 kilograms on his final attempt to tie for the lead. Om won gold in London
four years ago.
Long then came out for his final lift, raised his bar and celebrated the gold
medal by pumping his fists in the air. He won by just four kilograms over Om,
and the mark beat the record of 305 kilograms that Halil Mutlu set at the 2000
"I am really happy. I am really proud," Long said. "I came to this
competition with two dreams — to win the competition and break the world record
and I did (both)."
Long is the first weightlifter with eight years between his first and second
gold medal, in any men’s or women’s event.
"I have prepared for the competition for four years because I did not get to
compete in the 2012 Olympic Games," he said. "After four years, I did it."
Long’s best snatch lift of 137 kilograms was two kilograms off the world
record mark, set by fellow Chinese weightlifter Wu Jingbiao last year.
Om took silver with 303 kilograms and was beaten for the first time in a
major competition since he won gold in London.
Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand won bronze. He became the first Thai male to
win an Olympic weightlifting medal and the second weightlifter to win in Rio,
joining Sopita Tanasan, who won gold in the women’s 48-kilogram. Nine Thai women
have won medals in weightlifting.
In the women’s 53-kilogram category, Hsu Shu-Ching of Taiwan won her first
Olympic gold medal when Li Yajun of China failed to complete the clean and jerk.
Li set an Olympic record in the first round snatch by lifting 101 kilograms
to take the lead into the clean and jerk. She was the last lifter to compete in
the second round, and needed to lift 126 kilos to win gold. Her high entry total
on the start list made her a favorite for the gold, but she failed to medal.
When Li didn’t complete her score, the gold went to Hsu, who lifted 100 kilos
in snatch and 112 in clean and jerk for an overall score of 212 kilos. Hsu is
the reigning world champion and won silver four years ago at the London Games.
But London gold medallist Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan failed a doping
retest and could have that medal revoked, which would make Hsu a double gold
"I am very happy and very excited," she said.
Team doctor Lin Yin-Chou said Hsu was battling a strain in her thigh, and it
was the "intelligence of our coaches" that pushed her to gold.
"We have been wanting this gold medal for some time and it is especially
pleasing because she has had an injury that she has been carrying," Lin said.
A tearful Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines won silver after failing to medal
in the last two Olympics. She lifted in the 58-kilogram class in the 2008
Beijing Games as a 17-year-old and impressed many in the field, but she failed
on all her attempts at clean and jerk in London. Diaz dropped down to the
lighter class for Rio, which had just seven competitors.
"I have tried so hard. I have stumbled many times," Diaz said. "I wanted to
quit, but now all of my sacrifices have paid off."
Jin Hee Yoon of South Korea won bronze. She had won silver at the 2008
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