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Senior Asian Weightlifting Championships - Day 5
Central Asia | sport | 09:36, 28 April 2017 | 2749

AKIPRESS.COM - Day five of Weightlifting in the Inspiring Ashgabat Test Event series saw China’s Li Rongyan and Zhao Yongchao both claim Combined gold at the Ashgabat 2017 Weightlifting Arena, Laurel news services said,

Competition in the eight-day event resumes on Friday, alongside the Asian Kickboxing Championship 2016/2017. 

Day five of competition in the Ashgabat 2017 Weightlifting Complex saw Li Rongyan (CHN) cruise to gold in the women’s 75kg, and compatriot Zhao Yongchao (CHN) come up on top in the Combined classification in the men’s 85kg category, despite not winning either of the separate events.

Women’s 75kg

Li Rongyan (CHN) delivered an incredible display in the women’s 75kg, with the 25-year-old 2009 Junior World Champion lifting a Combined 250kg, 13kg more than Yao Chi-Ling (TPE), who took silver. Yeom Yunjeong (KOR) took the Combined bronze with 217kg.

Li was the only lifter to start the Snatch above 100kg, lifting 105kg in her first attempt to finish with 110kg. In the Clean & Jerk she started at 135kg, ten kilograms more than Yao. After Yao successfully lifted 136 in her final attempt, Li finished with a confident 137 and 140 to seal her well-deserved haul of three gold medals. Yao took three silvers and Yeom Yunjeong (KOR) grabbed bronze in the Snatch and in the Combined events, with Omadoy Otakuziyeva (UZB) snatching the Clean & Jerk bronze.

About starting much heavier than her opponents, the fresh champion said: “Those weights are pretty easy for me. My personal records are 115kg in the snatch and 150kg in the Clean & Jerk.

“I’m happy with this result because it’s my first time in the Asian Championships.”

Snatch

Gold           

CHN

LI Rongyan

110

Silver

TPE

YAO Chi-Ling

101

Bronze

KOR

YEOM Yunjeong

98

Clean & Jerk

Gold           

CHN

LI Rongyan

140

Silver

TPE

YAO Chi-Ling

136

Bronze

UZB

OTAKUZIYEVA Omadoy

120

Combined

Gold           

CHN

LI Rongyan

250

Silver

TPE

YAO Chi-Ling

237

Bronze

KOR

YEOM Yunjeong

217

Men’s 85kg

Two times silver equalled Combined gold for Zhao Yongchao (CHN) in the men’s 85kg. The 22-year-old Chinese lifter totalled 356kg, four kilograms more than Saleh Cheraghi (IRI).

The 25-year-old from Iran won the snatch event with 162kg, but had to settle for Combined silver after missing 197kg in his final Clean & Jerk attempt. Cheraghi received his Snatch gold medal from compatriot and 2016 Olympic Champion Kianoush Rostami.

After lifting 196 in his second attempt, Zhao attempted 200kg in the Clean & Jerk, but that proved a little too much. Toshiki Yamamoto (JPN), therefore, collected the Clean & Jerk gold with 199kg. The 25-year-old Japanese lifter also secured the Combined bronze.

Snatch

Gold           

IRI

CHERAGHI Saleh

162

Silver

CHN

ZHAO Yongchao

160

Bronze

KOR

YU Dongju

156

Clean & Jerk

Gold           

JPN

YAMAMOTO Toshiki

199

Silver

CHN

ZHAO Yongchao

196

Bronze

KOR

YU Dongju

194

Combined

Gold           

CHN

ZHAO Yongchao

356

Silver

IRI

CHERAGHI Saleh

352

Bronze

JPN

YAMAMOTO Toshiki

351

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