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China’s Lyu crowned in Olympic men’s weightlifting 81kg division

Despite failing on his first snatch attempt at 165kg, Lyu timely regrouped himself to lift a new Olympic record 170kg in the snatch.

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Tokyo: Chinese veteran weightlifter Lyu Xiaojun claimed the gold medal in men’s 81kg division with three new Olympic records at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Saturday.

Despite failing on his first snatch attempt at 165kg, Lyu timely regrouped himself to lift a new Olympic record 170kg in the snatch.

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Lyu, who turned 37 on Tuesday, succeeded on 197kg in the first clean and jerk attempt to set an Olympic record 367kg in total, before improving it to 374kg with 204kg clean and jerk second attempt, also a new Olympic record.

Already having assured his gold medal, Lyu attempted to refresh his own world record (207kg) with 210kg, but failed.

Zacarias Bonnat Michel of the Dominican Republic bagged a silver with 367kg. Antonino Pizzolato of Italy placed third with 365kg.

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