Weightlifting: North Korea's Om wins third world title, breaking clean & jerk mark

Om Yun Chol of North Korea sets the world record in the men's 56kg clean and jerk during the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships.
Om Yun Chol of North Korea sets the world record in the men's 56kg clean and jerk during the International Weightlifting Federation World Championships. PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

HOUSTON (AFP) - North Korea's Om Yun Chol won his third consecutive title on Saturday at the World Weightlifting Championships, breaking a world record in the process and vowing to retain his Olympic title next year.

The 24-year-old captured the 56kg crown on body weight over China's Wu Jingbiao, each with a combined 302kg, while China's 17-year-old Jiang Huihua won the women's 48kg crown with a combined 198kg.

"I'm going to win gold every time I compete until I finish my career in weightlifting," Om said. "When my rival runs towards a gold medal, I fly."

Wu lifted 139 kg to break Turkish star Halil Mutlu's 14-year-old snatch world record and lifted 163kg in the clean and jerk, forcing Om to break his own world record in clean and jerk to take the lead. Om did exactly that, hoisting 171kg for the title.

Vietnam's Kim Tuan Thach, who lost on body weight to Om at last year's world championships, was third overall on 287kg.

Jiang defeated Vietnam's Thi Huyen Vuong by 4kg with Japan's Hiromi Miyake third on 193kg.