Olympics: China weightlifter Long breaks world record for 56kg gold

Long Qingquan of China competes during the men's 56kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 7.
Long Qingquan of China competes during the men's 56kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 7.PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANERIO (AFP) - Chinese weightlifter Long Qingquan lifted a world record combined total of 307 kg to take Olympic gold in the men's 56-kg category in Rio on Sunday.

Long lifted 170 kg with his last attempt in the clean and jerk to snatch first place from defending champion Om Yun-Chol of North Korea.

Long, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, had earlier raised 137 kg above his head in the snatch as he Om and went toe-to-toe in a fierce battle that wowed the Brazilian crowd.

The Chinese lifter's total weight broke the 16-year-old record of 305 kg set by Turkey's Halil Mutlu at the Sydney Games in 2000.

It also ended Om's four-year domination of the men's lightest weight category. The North Korean won gold at London 2012 before winning three straight world championships.