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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Thailand, Turkey win weightlifting golds

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posted on Aug, 15 2004 @ 03:55 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - For the first time in history, a woman from Thailand has won gold.

Udomporn Polsak became her country's first female gold medalist with a win in the 53kg featherweight division during weightlifting action at the Athens Games on Sunday.

"It's the greatest moment of my life and my career," Polsak said afterwards. "I cannot describe my feelings. I dedicate this medal to Thailand."

Polsak dominated both the snatch and the clean and jerk move for a total of 222.5 kg. That was more than enough to outclass 2000 silver medalist Raema Lisa Rumbewas of Indonesia, who repeated her second-place Olympic performance with a total of 210.0 kg.

Colombia's Mabel Mosquera won the bronze medal with a total of 197.5 kg. It was the second weightlifting medal ever won by Colombia after Maria Isabel Urrutia's victory in the 75kg class in 2000.

In the men's 56kg division, Turkey's Halil Mutlu won the gold medal with a total of 295.0 kg, becoming only the fourth weightlifter in Olympic history to win three consecutive Olympic titles.

Mutlu hasn't lost a major competition in the past nine years, and he holds all the European, Olympic and World records. His teammate, Sedat Artuc, claimed bronze with a 280.0 total, and China's Meijin Wu won silver with a 287.5 total.

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