China edged ahead of North Korea at the top of the Asian Games weightlifting medals table Wednesday when world champion Xiang Yanmei comfortably saw off Ryo Un-Hui in the women´s 69kg.Trailing by 3kg after the snatch in yet another battle between the two Asian lifting powers, Xiang was in a league of her own in the clean and jerk, lifting 145kg on her first attempt to secure gold after Ryo could only make a best of 141kg.
She then increased that to 150kg to give her an Asian Games record total of 268kg against her rival´s 262kg and win China´s first female lifting gold.
North Korea´s Ryo, again enjoying enormous support from her teammates and delegation plus the unification activists in the crowd, raised a huge roar when she set a Games record with 121kg for the first discipline. But it was short-lived. Xiang´s third attempt at a personal best weight of 153kg failed, but she already had China´s third gold in Incheon tucked away by then.Xiang paid tribute to Ryo, and said the Chinese team as a whole had been impressed by the North Koreans.
Huang Shih-hsu of Taiwan took the final podium position on 233kg after a brief moment of controversy threatened to scupper her medal chance.
Huang´s final 128kg lift was ruled good by a 2-1 majority of the judges but overturned by the five-person jury as she was deemed not to come to a standstill.After a nail-biting wait, fourth-placed Manzurakhon Mamasalieva of Uzbekistan failed with her final two attempts and Huang could finally celebrate her bronze.
China and North Korea now both have three golds and three silvers from nine events in the weightlifting arena, but China have edged ahead in the table with two bronzes to North Korea´s one.
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