posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 04:05 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - Chen Yanging of China won the gold medal in the women's 53-58kg category of weightlifting on Monday. A few hours
later Shi Zhiyong broke the Olympic snatch record on the way to winning the under 62kg men's category. China now has five medals in weightlifting at
these Summer Games.
Chen set two Olympic records of 107.5kg in the snatch and 237.5kg total. That was five kg more than Ri Song Hui of North Korea. Wandee Kameaim of
Thailand took the bronze with a final weight total of 230kg. Ri was the silver medalist in 2000 in the same category,
It marks China's second medal in women's weightlifting at these Olympics. as Zhuo Li won a silver in the under 48kg category. It is the fifth gold
medal for China since women's weightlifting was introduced in Sydney four years ago.
"I have achieved a 100 percent goal that was set by my country for this tournament," Chen said. "I am not so happy though, about my personal
performance. I could have lifted more kilograms."
It marked Thailand's second women's weightlifting medal in Athens. For the first time in history, a woman from Thailand has won gold on Sunday when
Udomporn Polsak captured the featherweight division.
Zhiyong broke the snatch record by lifting 152.5kg. She then had a top total of 172.5kg in the clean & jerk to finish with a 325kg total, tying the
world mark set by gold medalist Nikolai Peshalov of Croatia in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Le Maosheng of China won the silver medal, but was far back
with a 312.5kg total. Leonidas Sampanis of Greece also had a 312.5kg total, but got the bronze medal based on bodyweight.
It marked the first medal for host Greece at these Summer Games.