Weightlifting: Men's gold for China in 69kg

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 21:09

Lin Qingfeng went some way to restoring China's reputation as a weightlifting superpower after taking Olympic gold in the men's 69kg tonight.

China dominated proceedings on home soil four years ago, winning eight of the 15 golds on offer in Beijing.

But their mantle has been firmly challenged at London 2012, with China, North Korea and Kazakhstan each taking two golds from the first six on offer at ExCeL while the men's team were yet to stand on top of the winners' podium.

But all that changed after Lin comprehensively took the field apart with a total of 344kg, with silver going to Indonesia's Triyatno (333kg) and Romania's 20-year-old Razvan Constantin Martin clinching bronze (332kg).

Maiya Maneza turned the women's 63kg into a personal pursuit for Olympic and world records after clinching gold for Kazakhstan.

All the talk going into the competition was of a duel between Maneza and Russia's Svetlana Tsarukaeva, with the two lifters going head-to-head for the previous three world championships.

Tsarukaeva led at the interval after a snatch of 112kg compared to Maneza's 110kg, but the Russian's clean and jerk predictably let her down and 125kg (total 237kg) was only enough for silver.

Maneza clinched gold with her first clean and jerk attempt at 135kg - equalling the Olympic record - before she set about trying to take her own world record of 143kg.

Two failed lifts at 144kg meant it was not to be, but a 245kg total was enough for another Olympic record.

Both Maneza and Tsarukaeva failed to total in Beijing four years ago.

Canada's Christine Girard (236kg) edged bronze ahead of Turkey's Sibel Simsek, making up for her agonising fourth place at the 2008 Olympics.

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