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Sport Lifter Shi breaks own world mark for gold

17:40  28 july  2021
17:40  28 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Chinese star Shi Zhiyong has broken his own world record to win the men's 73kg weightlifting event at the Olympics, claiming a gold medal for the second Games in a row.

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The 27-year-old lifted a combined 364kg to better the world record of 363kg he set at the 2019 world championships.

Shi remained strong throughout the competition, breaking the Olympic record in the snatch with his second lift and again with his third.

Shi, gold medallist at the 2016 Olympics in the 69 kg category, also broke the Olympic record for the clean and jerk on his first attempt.

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Venezuela's Julio Ruben Mayora Pernia won the silver medal and Indonesia's Rahmat Erwin Abdullah the bronze.

Australian Brandon Wakeling finished 13th.


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Michael Gray in a blue shirt: Polish pole vaulter Władysław Kozakiewicz let the hostile Russian crowd know what he thought of them with one universal gesture at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. WBUR reports that he cleared the bar at 5.70 metres on his first attempt, and as he stood up from the mat, he responded to the jeers of the fans and Soviet authorities by giving them the “bras d’honneur,” also known as “The Arm.” The Soviets demanded he have his medal stripped, but future IOC chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch intervened, allowing Kozakiewicz to keep his gold and his world record, making him a Polish national hero in the process.

Wakeling, who became the second Indigenous Australian to lift at an Olympics, successfully attempted 125kg in snatch and 166kg in clean and jerk.

A combined 291kg bettered the 27-year-old's effort at the 2018 and 2019 world championships.

But it wasn't enough for Wakeling, whose early sporting dreams were of long jump before he shifted to focus to rugby league then weightlifting, to rise up the rankings and into medal contention at the Tokyo International Forum.

Charisma Amoe-Tarrant, who will compete alongside transgender Olympian Laurel Hubbard in the +87kg category on Monday, is the next Australian lifter in action at these Games.

- with Reuters

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