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Olympics-Weightlifting-Wang wins China’s sixth gold

TOKYO (Reuters) -Wang Zhouyu won the women’s 87 kg class on Monday to give China its sixth gold medal in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27-year-old lifted a combined weight of 270 kg, a comfortable seven kilograms more than Ecuador’s Tamara Salazar who took silver with 263 kg.

Dominican Republic’s Crismery Santana claimed bronze with 256 kg.

Wang was not fully satisfied with her performance.

“I wanted to lift 10 kilograms more,” Wang told reporters through an interpreter. “I lost to myself in this competition.”

Asked about China’s dominance in gold medals in the weight lifting event in Tokyo, Wang said her team always tried to show the power of their country.

“We become stronger by competing together,” she said.

Wang led after completing a lift of 120 kg at her third attempt in the snatch following an unexpected failure at 115 kg on her first attempt.

In the clean and jerk, she failed in a bid to lift 160 kg to break her record set at the 2019 world championships.

(Reporting by Junko Fujita, editing by Ed Osmond)

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