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Taiwanese weightlifter grabs gold at world championships

2017/12/01 17:55:41

Olympic medalist Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳, center)

Anaheim, California, Nov. 30 (CNA) Taiwanese world record holder and Olympic medalist Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) won two gold medals and a silver at this year's 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California on Thursday.

Competing in the women's 58-kilogram (kg) weight class, the Taiwanese weightlifter of Amis descent did not quite match her form at the Universiade in August when she set the world record for the clean and jerk at 142 kg, but then again she didn't have to.

Kuo finished even with 2016 Olympic champion Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand in the snatch at 105 kg, but ceded the gold to the Thai because of Sukanya's lighter weight.

She then won gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 135 kg, topping her closest competitor by 9 kg, to also capture the gold in the combined lift with a total of 240 kg.

In her gold-medal winning performance at the Universiade in August, Kuo had a snatch of 107 kg and a clean and jerk of 142 kg for a combined total of 249 kg.

Earlier in the day, Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) withdrew from the 53-kg weight class competition after sustaining an elbow injury when attempting her third snatch.

Hsu, also an Olympic medalist, completed lifts of 91 kg and a 93 kg snatch during her first two attempts in the snatch but injured her right elbow during her third lift at 96 kg.

The 93-kg lift was still good enough for a silver medal, behind Sopita Tanasan of Thailand, but her injury eliminated any chance of her competing for a medal in the combined lift.

Both women received congratulations from Taiwan's Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) and Taiwan's top envoy to the United States Stanley Kao (高碩泰).

(By Edward Tsao and Kuan-lin Liu)
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