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Junior World Champion wins over the Senior World Champion

After three competitions at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Hangzhou, China, Europe has only two medals, thanks to Genny PAGLIARO, Italy, in the women?s 48kg.

As expected, Asian competitors dominate. In the men?s 56kg, Chinese LI Zheng performed a great bravura: taking the junior world title with a total five kilos higher than the senior world champion last year in Doha. He signs also the first junior world record: 131kg in snatch.

In the 53kg for women, the young hopeful of Dominican Republic ? host of this year?s senior world championships ? Yuderqui CONTRERAS pocketed silver and bronze medals. To no little surprise, the Chinese competitor in this category, ZUO Mengxia was pushed into third place, while the gold medal was captured by the latest prodigy of Thailand: Suda CHALEEPHAI.