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Russian upsets Liu at weightlifting worlds

Russian upsets Liu at weightlifting worlds

Russia's Oxana Slivenko won three gold medals and set a world record in the 69-kilogram (152-pound) class at the world weightlifting championships on Wednesday.
In breaking the dominance of the Chinese women at these worlds, Slivenko upset Olympic and five-time world champion Liu Chunhong of China, pushing Liu's record in the snatch to 123 kilograms (271 pounds).
"I feel very proud to have had success in obtaining this mark," Slivenko said. "I have worked hard to get to this level."
Liu injured her right hand in the snatch and could not continue, leaving the way clear for Slivenko's sweep in her senior worlds debut. Teammate Tatiana Matveeva took the overall silver and Canada's Jean Elisabeth Lassen earned the bronze.
China continued its winning ways elsewhere, as Quyang Xiaofang dominated the 63-kilogram (139-pound) division with a 246 (542) total.
Gold medal favorite Svetlana Shimkova of Russia finished second with 241 (531). Despite holding the clean and jerk world record at 141 (310), she tried twice to clean a winning 139 (306) but missed both, and left with an injury to her right knee which was expected to sideline her for two months.
European junior champ Meline Daluzyan of Armenia was third.
Competition will continue Thursday with the women's 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and men's 85 kilogram (187 pounds) events, along with the preliminaries for men's 94 kilograms (207 pounds).


Updated : 2021-05-06 21:23 GMT+08:00