Olympics: Taiwan's Hsu wins women's 53kg weightlifting gold, Philippines' Diaz takes silver

Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching lifted her way to the women's 53kg weightlifting gold on August 7 with a total of 212kg.
Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching lifted her way to the women's 53kg weightlifting gold on August 7 with a total of 212kg.PHOTO: EPA

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Taiwan's Hsu Shu-ching, 25, sensationally won gold in the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics on Sunday after Chinese favourite Li Yajun failed to register a clean and jerk.

Hsu lifted 100kg in the snatch and 112kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 212kg.

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines grabbed silver while South Korea's Yoon Jin Hee, 30, took bronze. 

Diaz, 25, has ended the South-east Asian country's 20-year wait for an Olympic medal.

She lifted 88kg in the snatch and 112kg in the clean and jerk, finishing with a total weight of 200kg to become the first female athlete to win an Olympic medal for the Philippines.

Mansueto Velasco took silver in boxing in the 1996 Atlanta Games.