Weightlifting: Li grabs second gold for Chinese women at world c'ships

Li Yajun of Guangdong Province lifts to break a world record of 105kg and winning gold in the Women's 53kg weightlifting group during the 12th National China Games in Shenyang, Liaoning Province on Sept 3, 2013. Li gave China their second gold a
Li Yajun of Guangdong Province lifts to break a world record of 105kg and winning gold in the Women's 53kg weightlifting group during the 12th National China Games in Shenyang, Liaoning Province on Sept 3, 2013. Li gave China their second gold at the world weightlifting championships here by winning the women's under-53kg title on Monday, Oct 21, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WROCLAW, Poland (AFP) - Li Yajun gave China their second gold at the world weightlifting championships here by winning the women's under-53kg title on Monday night.

It was the second title for the Chinese after Tan Yayun won the women's under-48kg category on Sunday.

North Korea's Olympic champion Om Yun Chol took gold in the men's under-56kg division.

Li lifted 100kg in the snatch and 121kg in the clean and jerk to end the competition with a total of 221kg.

Olympic bronze medallist Cristina Iovu of Azerbaijan, who represented Moldova at the 2012 London Games, also lifted 221kg but Li was lighter at 52.39kg. Thailand's Sopita Tanasan took bronze.

In the men's event, Om lifted 289kg (127+162), to deprive China of a third gold, with Long Qingquan winning silver and Vietnam's Thach Kim Tuan bronze.

China are looking to consolidate their status as favourites after winning five gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and four titles at the last world championships.

Results

Women

Under 53 kg:

1. Li Yajun (Chn) 221 kg (100+121)

2. Cristina Iovu (Aze) 221 kg (100+121)

3. Sopita Tanasan (Tha) 203 kg (91+112)

Men

Under 56 kg:

1. Om Yun Chol (Prk) 289 kg (127+162)

2. Long Qingquan (Chn) 287 kg (130+157)

3. Kim Tuan Thach (Vie) 283 kg (126+157)