Deng Wei of China celebrates at the awarding ceremony of the women's 63KG weightlifting group A final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 9, 2016. Deng Wei won gold medal with clean and jerk, total world records. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)
China's Deng Wei won the women's 63kg weightlifting by breaking two world records in just five lifts at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.
Deng, world champion in 2014 and 2015, came into the clean and jerk competition with a four-kilo buffer in the snatch. After jerking 138kg in her first attempt, she had already won the gold medal with a total of 253kg as other opponents had finished all their lifts.
Then the 23-year-old lifter began her solo in the fifth attempts, putting an ambitious 147kg above her head steadily for a total of 262kg, breaking two world records in jerk and total by one kilo respectively.
"I came here for breaking the world record. I am very excited and very thrilled to win this medal." Deng said.
"Actually, when I woke up this morning, I felt nervous, because it was my first Olympic Games. I have been targeting a gold medal for a long time, so I am very happy with this." Deng said.
"Of course I will try harder to go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Choe Hyo Sim of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, bronze medalist at the world championships in 2015, clinched the silver medal at 248kg while Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan, third in 2015 world ranking, grabbed the bronze at 243kg.
"I am going to try harder to win gold next time. I am not happy with the result. I could have tried much harder." The 22-year-old Choe said.
Another title favorite Lin Tzu-chi of Chinese Taipei missed the women's 63kg final as the world record holder was given a provisional ban on the eve of the competition here for abnormality in her urine sample, local media said.