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Rim boosts DPR Korea gold haul

Rim Jong Sim, from DPR Korea, has won gold in the women’s 69kg Weightlifting division.

She triumphed after a nailbiting competition to take DPR Korea’s Weightlifting gold medal count to three at the 2012 Olympic Games and continue the nation’s remarkable surprise performance.

Rim’s gold was confirmed on the penultimate lift while bodyweight alone separated second, third and fourth place.

Roxana Daniela Cocos of Romania claimed silver, with Maryna Shkermankova of Belarus taking bronze ahead of unfortunate compatriot Dzina Sazanavets after all three tied on 256kg.

The weight category was wide open after Russia’s gold medal favourite Oksana Slivenko, world and European champion, was forced to withdraw last week due to injury.