China’s Deng Wei, a three-time world weightlifting champion but an Olympic rookie, made her debut at the ongoing Olympic Games by taking the gold medal in the 63 kg category and setting a new world record.
The 23-year-old Deng, who won the world championship in the 58 kg category in 2010 and in the 63 kg category in 2014 and 2015, set a new Olympic record in the clean and jerk on Tuesday by lifting 147 kgs and she also broke both the world and Olympic records with a total weight lifted of 262 kgs, reports Efe.
Deng’s clean and jerk lift smashed the Olympic record by 12 kg , and her performance in total weight lifted bested the world record by 1 kg.
Deng is the first Chinese athlete to win a medal in the event since 2000 and far outstripped the silver medalist, North Korea’s Choe Huo Sim, who hefted a total of 248 kgs, and the bronze winner, Kazakhstan’s Karina Goricheva, who lifted a total of 243 kgs.
Deng is the second female weightlifter in history to win the World and Olympic titles in the same season, the first being Ukraine’s Natalia Skakun, who did so in 2004.
Colombia’s Mercedes Perez lifted a total of 234 kgs to take fourth place, and Mexico’s Eva Gurrola hefted 220 kgs for the fifth place spot.