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Lin lifts his way to title

Lin Qingfeng went some way to restoring China’s reputation as the major power in Weightlifting after taking Olympic gold in the men’s 69kg competition.

China dominated proceedings on home soil four years ago, winning eight of the 15 golds on offer at Beijing 2008.

But their position has been firmly challenged at London 2012, with China, DPR Korea and Kazakhstan each taking two golds from the first six on offer at ExCeL while the men’s team were yet to stand on top of the winners’ podium before today.

But all that changed after Lin comprehensively took the field apart with a total of 344kg, with silver going to Indonesia’s Triyatno (333kg) and Romania’s 20-year-old Razvan Constantin Martin clinching bronze (332kg).