Weightlifter Deng Wei Breaks World Records at Rio Olympics

Carla Harmon
August 10, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Aug 10: China's Deng Wei, a three-time world weightlifting champion but an Olympic rookie, made her debut at the ongoing Olympic Games by taking the gold medal in the 63 kilogram (139 pound) category and setting a new world record. "But I set my goal to break the world record before coming to Rio, so this is actually within my expectations". "I am very excited and very thrilled to win this medal".

Deng scored a 115 in the snatch before sensationally grabbing first place with a world record clean and jerk of 147 kg which saw her smash Lin s total record by 1 kg.

Choe Hyo Sim of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, bronze medalist at the world championships in 2015, clinched the silver medal at 248kg while Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan, third in 2015 world ranking, grabbed the bronze at 243kg. "I am not happy with the result".


The International Weightlifting Federation declined to comment on the reasons for Lin's withdrawal but a source close to the situation said the Taiwanese lifter failed a dope test. "Who knows? Being fourth is the best because if something happens, I'll just climb on that podium".

"My performances were good enough to be in the team at London four years ago but another team mate was chosen ahead of me", she said.

Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey, who used to represent Turkmenistan, won silver and said he had been inspired by mass protests which helped to prevent a military coup in his country last month. "I was surprised not to see her", Deng said afterwards.


Weightlifting has been dogged by steroid use for more than 50 years, but better testing techniques have meant bans for more star athletes.

An official from Taiwan's national Olympic committee did not immediately respond to queries from AFP about reports that she had failed a doping test.

Kazakhstan's involvement in the weightlifting had been in major doubt in the run-up to the Games due to a number of high-profile positive doping cases.


Results from the past are also in danger because of advances in testing.

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