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Taiwanese weightlifter grabs 3 gold medals in Qatar

2018/12/21 23:04:07

Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) / CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) snagged three gold medals Friday at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) 5th International Qatar Cup, a qualifying competition for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Kuo, 25, won a gold medal with a snatch lift of 103 kilograms in the women's 59 kg division, a second gold with a clean and jerk of 130 kg. and a final gold for the combined lift of 233 kg.

It was the first time she had won both the snatch and clean and jerk lifts in any competition.

Kuo said the second half of this year has been difficult for her because of her intense training regimen prior to the Qatar Cup in Doha, and she thanked her coach for his encouragement and moral support at the event.

In August, Kuo won a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, followed by two golds and one silver at the IWF World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in November.

The International Qatar Cup, which kicked off Wednesday, is being held until Sunday.

(By Lung Po-an and Ko Lin)