Olympic champion Liu Chunhong stamps her class in weightlifting again
By (Xinhua)
Updated: 2009-10-20 09:35

JINAN: Olympic champion Liu Chunhong of Shandong declared her monopoly in the women's weightlifting 69kg as she beat dark horse Chen Ling to win her third consecutive gold at the 11th Chinese National Games here on Monday.

Chen, representing Jiangsu, made a quite dramatic debut in the Chinese National Games, the country's top national-level sport gala.

The 20-year-old Chen snatched 125kg, five kilos more than host lifter Liu.

However, the jerk competition brought about a big turn after Chen failed to lift 145kg twice and settled for 140kg, totaling 265kg.

The world record holder Liu was so strong in the jerk, as she was the last one to lift her fist jerk attempt among 13 strongwomen. She steadily hoisted 147kg to knock down the gold medal with a total of 267kg.

The winning weight was not too heavy for Liu as the 24-year-old strongwoman lifted a total of 286kg, a new world record, and 19kg more than Liu's result here.

"The National Games is different from the Olympics. Many home fans supported me these years, so I wanted to bring them joys at home," said Liu, who grew up in an apple orchard in Zhaoyuan city, east China's Shandong province.

Talking about her arch rival Chen, Liu felt happy to see a strong opponent in this division.

"She performed well today, and the bronze medalist is excellent too. Stronger opponent in this division will do good to the development of our Chinese weightlifting," added she.

"I can jerk 150kg easily at home, so I was too careless today. That's why I missed the chance to win the gold," said Chen.

The bronze medal was collected by national champion Kang Yue at 265kg, due to the heavier body weight than Chen.