Chen Lijun breaks world records at Asian Weightlifting Championships

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-21 22:54:11|Editor: yan
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NINGBO, China, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Chen Lijun showed his power by shattering three world records en route to winning the men's 67kg division at the Asian Weightlifting Championships here on Sunday.

Chen, the two-time world champion in the 62kg category, made three good lifts in the snatch and broke the world record in his last attempt at 154kg.

The 26-year-old did not meet any challenge in the jerk as he rewrote the world record in his second attempt at 185kg with a winning total of 339kg, which also beat his own world record of 332kg set up in the 2018 World Championships.

Last year, the International Weightlifting Federation made the decision to reshuffle the divisions and set up world standards as world records.

"I felt confident today because my training in winter was effective," said Chen with a smile.

Chen, a hot favorite in the men's 62kg division at the Rio Olympics, was forced to quit the Games due to calf cramps just about 10 minutes prior to his first snatch.

"Today, I gave up my last attempt because I hope to save the best for my next competition. I will try to break the world record again in the future," added Chen.

His compatriot Feng Lyudong claimed the silver with a total of 330kg and Pak Jong Ju of DPR Korea took the bronze at 322kg.

Earlier in the day, Hou Zhihui of China won the women's 49kg division gold medal at 208kg, two kilos less than her own world record of total set up at the World Cup in Fuzhou, China in February.

Ri Song Gum of DPR Korea took the silver at 200kg and Zhang Rong of China finished with the bronze at 199kg.