2016 Rio Olympics

Taiwanese weightlifter bags the gold in Rio, demands one from London

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Taiwanese weightlifter bags the gold in Rio

Taiwanese Hsu Shu-Ching won her first Olympic gold medal, Sunday, going past her toughest competitor, Yajun Li of China, who failed to complete the clean and jerk (a weightlifting movement) in their 53kg category. But, as the Taiwanese weightlifter bags the gold, she is reminded of another one that she lost in London 2012, to Kazakh lifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo.

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The last Olympic games in London, saw a tight competition between Chinshanlo and Shu-Ching, but the former emerged victorious, bagging London gold for her motherland of Kazakhstan. In June of this year, though, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced that four Kazakhs who had won in the Olympics tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Among the four weightlifters, Chinshanlo was included.

This prompted Shu-Ching to demand that Chinshanlo be stripped of her gold medal immediately and be awarded to her, instead.

“I hope I will know the result of my silver turning to gold as soon as possible,” the Olympic gold medalist told reporters after her event at the Riocentro Pavilion 2.

Since being lifted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Hsu Shu-Ching’s case has not yet been given a final decision.

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Hsu impressed everyone at the Pavilion, lifting a total of 212kg, with 100kg in the snatch and 112kg in the clean and jerk. This put her in comfortable lead ahead of China’s Li who failed on her three attempts at the clean and jerk.

“I don’t know why the judges ruled against me in that first lift,” Li said, afterwards, referring to a no lift imposed on her first clean and jerk at 123kg.

While the Taiwanese weightlifter bags the gold, she is followed by Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines who won the first weightlifting medal in the history of the country’s participation in the games. Yoon Jin-Hee of South Korea followed with Bronze, on a total of 199kg.

PHOTO COURTESY: Usodesita/ Flickr

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