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Chinese weightlifters take three golds in men's 56 kg at worlds

2010-09-19 02:54:03 GMT2010-09-19 10:54:03 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Long Qingquan of China celebrates his gold medal during the men's 56kg clean and jerk competition at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, southern Turkey, on Sept. 18, 2010. Long finally got the second place with a total of 288 kg at the men's 56kg category. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Wu Jingbiao of China competes during the men's 56kg weightlifting snatch competition at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, southern Turkey, on Sept. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Wu Jingbiao (C) of China celebrates winning the first place with a total score of 292 kg during the men's 56kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, southern Turkey, on Sept. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Long Qingquan of China competes during the men's 56kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, southern Turkey, on Sept. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

Long Qingquan of China competes during the men's 56kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, southern Turkey, on Sept. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)

ANTALYA, Turkey, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese weightlifters Wu Jingbiao and Long Qingquan swept three golds in the men's 56kg category at the world weightlifting championships here Saturday.

Wu, 21-year-old silver winner in last year's worlds, secured the total gold with 292kg, followed by 288kg lifted by defending champion Long Qingquan, 19-year-old winner in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Wu also notched a gold in the snatch by hoisting 132kg and took the second place in the clean and jerk with 160kg, while Long got the first place in the jerk with 161kg.

Wu did not give his competitors any chances in the snatch by lifting 128kg and 132kg in the first two attempts. He lost the third attempt on 135kg but still took the snatch gold, 2kg more than the runner-up Cha Kum Chol of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Wu then sailed through three successful jerks to catch the total gold.

Wu said his physical strength was not in the best condition and that he could have done better.

"I'm satisfied with my performance in the jerk, though ... I'll try to improve myself in future," he said.

Long failed his first two attempts on 127 kg in the snatch but stood with the pressure and succeeded in the final attempt. He tried to challenge 166kg in the jerk but failed.

Long said he did not bring out his best probably because he did not have the right state of mind or not fully adapted to the venue and facilities.

"Everything could happen in the match, that's competition ... I didn't get the desired result in the snatch, but I've done my best," he said.

Chen Wenbin, head coach of Chinese men's team, said the duo lifters made a good performance generally and achieved what they had expected.

However, he said there was a lesson to learn for the young lifters, as they didn't adapt to the new environment at the venue very well.

"The distance between the preparation area and the competition hall was longer than what we're used to. That left a shorter time for Long to adjust himself on the platform," he said.

Cha, 23-year-old champion in the 2007 worlds, took the bronze with a total of 280kg. He lifted 130 kg in the snatch and 150 in the clean and jerk.

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