Another two gold medals went to China on Day 3
Unstoppable Chinese athletes continued their impressive run on third day at the 2005 Centennial World Weightlifting Championships in Doha, Qatar. Gu Wei, 19, won competition in the women?s 58 kg, while setting two new world records. Gu Wei now holds the records in the clean and jerk, lifting 139 kilos, and the record for total at 240 kg. That was Gu Wei?s first ever international appearance.
It looks like weightlifting can draw maximum benefit from the new ?1 kilo era? rule, introduced in May by the International Weightlifting Federation. The competition in the 58 kg category was really exciting, the ranking on the leading position between three athletes changing every moment and by every lift.
The competition started unpredictably when one of the hot favorites ? Aleksandra Klejnowska from Poland – failed to lift starting 91 kg in the snatch. Klejnovska used to move up to 92 kg in her third attempt, but failed again and lost all the chances for winning a medal in a total.
Gu Wei claimed the gold in the snatch with 102 kg, bronze medallist Wandee Kameaim from Thailand, who became the second only by bodyweight advantage over junior world champion 2005 Marina Shainova from Russia.
No changes in overall standings occurred during the clean and jerk contest. Gu Wei set the new world records in the clean and jerk ? 139 kg, and in total of 241 kg, and claimed the overall gold, followed by Kameaim at 236 kg, and Shainova at 233 kg.
Gu Wei?s compatriot Shi Zhiyong easily picked up the gold medal in 69 kg. Shi Zhiyong won the Olympic Games in Athens in the category 62 kg, but then moved up to 69 kg class. He had left no chances to his opponents in both snatch and clean and jerk competitions, and won in overall at 350 kg. Lee Bae-young from Korean Republic became second in total at 337 kg. Bronze medal sensationally went to Frenchmen Vencelas Dabaya, who lifted 324 kg.