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Qiu Le wins men's 62kg with ease at weightlifting worlds
2006-10-01 17:42:10 Xinhua English

SANTO DOMINGO, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Qiu Le of China won the men's 62kg category by hefting a total of 308kg to claim the gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championships here on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Qiu, gold medalist in the worlds in Doha last year, sustained his momentum to clinch his second gold medal in the worlds, although the result in total is 14kg less than his own in Doha.

"I am not satisfied with the result. I felt quite tired when waiting for my turn on the platform, and my strength had gone away gradually," Qiu told Xinhua after the competition.

"The weather here is so different from Beijing. The heat and humidity really made me tired," he added.

Leading in the snatch at 140kg, Qiu won the category with breeze as he was the last one to lift in the jerk when others finished all three lifts.

He hoisted a winning 168kg to assure the gold and tried to lift 178kg in the last two attempts but failed.

"Gold medal is not my only aim. I tried to perform my best here and maybe strike on the new world record, but I failed."

The world record of the jerk is set by Qiu's compatriot Le Maosheng in Busan at 182kg.

Oscar Figueroa of Columbia had to settle for the silver medal at 297kg and his compatriot Diego Fernando Salazarand took the bronze at 295kg. Enditem

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