. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Lifter Hoists Way to Record

ATLANTA -- Lightweight Zhan Xugang blew away his opponents with three world records Tuesday to give China its second weightlifting gold of the Olympics -- and then said he could have lifted more.


The world champion hoisted 162.5 kilograms in the snatch, then with gold already his, lifted a record 195 kg in the clean-and-jerk, setting a new combined mark of 357.5 kg into the bargain.


North Korea's Kim Myong-nam, who had set the previous records in April, was outlifted by a hefty 12.5 kg and had to settle for silver. Hungary's Attila Feri took bronze.


"I lifted as much as I can in the snatch, but in the clean-and-jerk I can do 5 kg more," Zhan said. "I'd been doing well in training and I thought this was my time to take all Kim's records and the gold."


The result was further confirmation that China, who before Atlanta had not won a weightlifting gold since 1984, are now a force to be reckoned with in the lighter weights.


Tang Lingsheng took gold in the bantamweight (54 kg) class Sunday with a world record combined total and China has also won a silver and a bronze.