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China’s Shi Zhiyong breaks weightlifting record, wins Olympic gold

Chinese weightlifter breaks 3 Olympic records

Selçuk Buğra Gökalp   | 28.07.2021
China’s Shi Zhiyong breaks weightlifting record, wins Olympic gold FILE PHOTO

By Selcuk Bugra Gokalp

ANKARA (AA) - Chinese athlete Shi Zhiyong on Wednesday won the Olympic gold medal in the men's 73kg weightlifting event at Tokyo 2020.

Zhiyong, 27, broke all three Olympic records in snatch, clean and jerk, and total with 364 kg. He lifted 166 kg in snatch and 198 kg in clean and jerk.

Julio Ruben Mayora Pernia of Venezuela won the silver medal with a lift of 346 kg and Albania's Briken Calja won bronze medal with a 341 kg lift.

China has so far bagged the second-most gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with 12 medals after host country Japan.

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