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Taiwanese weightlifter wins gold at Asian Games

2014/09/23 17:19:12

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) Taiwan's Lin Tzu-chi set a world record in the women's under-63kg weightlifting event at the Asian Games on Tuesday to win a gold medal by the slimmest of margins over a Chinese rival.

Lin lifted a combined 261 kilograms in the snatch and clean & jerk -- a new world record in the weight category -- to grab the gold medal by a 2-kilo margin over Deng Wei of China.

The 26-year-old Taiwanese dramatically cleared a world record 145 kilograms on her final try in the clean & jerk to knock Deng out of the lead in the competition that essentially came down to a battle between the Taiwanese and Chinese weightlifters.

Lin held a 1-kilo lead into the clean & jerk lift after setting an Asian Games record with a snatch of 116 kilos, but Deng had made up the difference with a clean & jerk of 144 kilos before Lin pulled through with her world record lift.

The gold medal was Taiwan's second of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The country's only other gold also came in women's weightlifting and was won by Hsu Shu-ching in the under-53kg category.

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