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Qiu Le wins fifth weightlifting gold for China in Doha
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-12-04 15:27

Reigning world champion Qiu Le was poised to thrash his competitors, winning the 62kg-category gold medal with a total of 317kg here on Sunday, the fifth weight lifting gold for China in the 15th Asian Games in Doha.

Qiu's compatriot Mao Jiao, 21, took the silver at 315kg and Im Yong Su of DPR Korea lifted a total of 300kg for the bronze.

Qiu, winning back-to-back World Championships in 2005 and 2006,raised 142kg in the snatch, two kilograms more than Mao.

Mao, the gold medallist in the National Championships in 2006, tried to challenge Qiu with lighter bodyweight in his final attempt by lifting 175kg and succeeded to finish his international debut with a total of 315kg.

Imperturbable Qiu also jerked 175kg in his last lift to beat Mao with a total of 317kg, nine kilograms more than his result in the 2006 worlds.

"I restarted training about three weeks ago, and I am happy to win the gold in the Asiad," the 23-year-old Qiu told the press.

After the World Championships in Santo Domingo, Qiu had a good rest before preparing for the Asiad.

"Our plan was to secure one gold. Because Mao and I lifted much better than others in the competition, so both of us tried our best to win the gold," Qiu added.

"I am happy now not just because of the gold medal, but my performance was better than what I did in the worlds in Santo Domingo."

"I suffered injuries before I came, so I am satisfied with the silver medal," said Mao.

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