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Silver and bronze for Prapawadee

Olympic champion Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon could only grab a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tardykolgan, Kazakhstan.

Prapawadee, who comfortably won gold in the 53kg division at the 2008 Olympics, took silver in the snatch with a lift of 94kg. China’s Chen Xiaoting clinched gold with a 98kg effort.

In the clean and jerk, the Thai could only take bronze after lifting 120kg. Chen won gold with an attempt of 123kg and Taiwan’s Li Chun Fang claimed silver with 121kg.

Chen won gold in the total weight (223kg). Prapawadee and Li both lifted 214kg but the Taiwanese took silver ahead of the Thai because her bodyweight was lighter.

Prapawadee said she would train harder for the World Championships later this year as several competitors had made fast progress.

Thailand’s weightlifting boss Bussaba Yodbangtoey said Prapawadee felt rusty as she has had to attend functions since winning gold in Beijing. (Bangkok post)