Deng Wei Notches 2 Golds in Women's 58 Kg at Worlds

September 20, 2010
Editor: leiyang

Chinese worlds debutante 17-year-old Deng Wei crowned a double with 135kg in the clean and jerk and 237kg in total in the women's 58kg category at the world weightlifting championships in Turkey on Sunday.

Nastassia Novikava, the 29-year-old defending champion of last year's worlds, came second with 233kg in total, followed by 230kg lifted by Jong Chun Mi of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), 25-year-old East Asian champion in 2009.

Deng, gold winner and junior record breaker in the Youth Olympics last month, started with 93kg in the snatch and did not succeed on 102kg until the third attempt. She performed steadily in the clean and jerk and came away with 135kg, 5kg more than the runners-up Jong.

Deng said it was her debut at the worlds and she made a good performance in the clean and jerk.

"I'm not satisfied with my snatch, though. I guess I was not comfortable with the big leap between the first and second attempt," she said.

Novikava snatched 103kg but lost the gold to Pak Hyon Suk of DPRK because of weight disadvantage. In the clean and jerk, her first two lifts on 128kg fell through but the final lift on 130kg secured her second place in total.

Jong also hoisted 130kg in the jerk, with two successful attempts and a failed final attempt on 132kg.

Pak, DPRK's 25-year-old Olympic champion in the 63kg category in 2008, won a snatch gold with 103kg but had three null lifts on 130kg in the jerk.

Romela Begaj of Albania also had three null lifts on 110kg in the clean and jerk.

(Source: Xinhua Sept. 19)

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