China's Qiu Hongmei (upper) lifts 130 kg to win the silver medal in the clean and jerk modality of the women's 58 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. Qiu took the women's overall 58 kg title. China's Li Hongli (lower) strains to lift 167 kg to win the gold medal in the snatch modality of the men's 77 kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006. Li also won the silver medal in the overall. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Oct. 4 -- China's Li Hongli and Qiu Hongmei claimed titles Tuesday and hiked the country's gold medal tally to 14 at the weightlifting world championships.
Chinese female weightlifters have finally gone head-to-head with opponents in the women's 58kg class at the weightlifting world championships.
The category fielding 30 competitors featured the first encounter between a Russian and a Chinese favourite.
In the first part, Russian Svetlana Tsarukaeva defeated her Chinese opponent Qiu Hongmei by 1 kg in the snatch event, but Qiu took back the lead in clean and jerk, sweeping the total gold medal.
Qiu Hongmei also attempted to break a world record in jerk, but she failed.
Meanwhile, Wandee Kameaim of Thailand became victorious in clean and jerk. Thus the women's 58kg celebrated three new world champions.
In the men's competition, China's Li Hongli won a snatch gold medal in the 77kg class and wound up with a silver medal in total.
Li showed a strong advantage in the snatch event, leading the group in the first two attempts and finishing with 167kg despite his failure in the third attempt.
The situation changed, however, in the jerk event, where Li failed twice to finish with only 192kg, standing fourth among the competitors.
The gold medal of the jerk event went to Vladislav Lukanin of Russia.
Turkey's Taner Sagir took the gold medal in total with 361kg.