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Olympic champion Taner Sagir crowned at weightlifting worlds
2006-10-03 18:41:22 Xinhua English

SANTO DOMINGO, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Taner Sagir of Turkey won the men's 77kg category at 361kg as he beat Li Hongli of China by 2kg in the world weightlifting championships here on Tuesday.

Taner Sagir, 21-year-old, showed his power in the snatch at 166kg, just 1kg less than Li, who won the champion in the worlds last year. The jerk competition totally became Sagir's field when Li failed the last two attempts.

Sagir, who won the Olympic champion in Athens at a total of 375kg, jerked 195kg in his second lift to won the gold at a total of 361kg.

Li settled with second place at 359kg and the bronze came to Ara Khachatryan of Armenia, who hoisted 357kg in total.

"I have won the gold medal in the Olympics, and the gold in the European championships and it is the first time for me to win in the worlds. I am quite happy with that," Sagir said.

"Li did good snatches but he couldn't perform well in the jerk. He was the world champion in Doha and I see him as my main opponent in Beijing Olympic Games."

"I felt tired during the competition. I can accept this result but I am sure I will win Sagir next time we meet," Li said.

In the women's 58kg competition, Chinese new bud Qiu Hongmei took back the lead from Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia to take the gold medal with a total of 237kg.

In the snatch, Tsarukaeva, world junior champion this year, defeated her Chinese opponent by 1kg, but she failed two attempts in the jerk and finished with silver medal at 233kg in total.

Kameaim Wandee of Thailand, silver medallist in the worlds in 2005, took the bronze at 230kg.

"I did not feel well in the competition and I also had not expect the Russian girl was so powerful," Qiu said.

"I was not comfortable as I just took the silver. I was too anxious to win the gold," Tsarukaeva said. Enditem

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