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Chinese Liu wins women's 69 kg in Asian weightlifting
2007-04-24 11:23:34 Xinhua English

TAI'AN, Shandong Province, China, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese strongwoman Liu Haixia hoisted 262kg in a two-lift total to win the women's 69 kg gold medal at the Asian Weightlifting Championships here on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old lifted 112 kg in the snatch and 150 kg in the jerk for the top honor.

Minh Hai Khuat of Vietnam took the silver at 205 kg. Kao Ya-chun of Chinese Taipei settled for the bronze at 203 kg.

In snatch, Liu, the Doha Asian Games champion, succeeded in her first two lifts breezily, but failed to manage 117 kg in her last attempt. Yet, her mark was still 22 kg more than that for the runner-up.

In jerk, Liu made three good lifts at 138 kg, 145 kg and 150 kg.

"I didn't perform very well in the snatch," said Liu, "my previous best is 117 kg, but I failed to reach it in the competition."

"I will do my best in the training and competition in the future in order to prepare for the Olympic Games." Liu added.

Yet, Ma Wenhui, the coach of Chinese woman's team, is quite satisfied with Liu's performance. "She performed very well. She was a little ill before the competition. Her weight is only 65.5 kg,but she lifted 150 kg in the jerk. She has displayed her capability in the competition."

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