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Asian Games: Indian weightlifters continue to disappoint

Incheon: Indian weightlifters continued with their listless display at the 17th Asian Games as K Ravi Kumar and Punam Yadav failed to impress in their respective men's and women's events, here yesterday.

K Ravi Kumar
K Ravi Kumar 

K Ravi Kumar failed to find a place in Group A of Men's 77kg category and ended up competing in Group B. Although he finished second in Group B, it was not enough
to book him a berth in the medal round (Group A).

After the medal round, Silver medallist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Ravi Kumar stood at 10th position with a total of 13 weightlifters competing in the event.

Ravi Kumar lifted a total of 313kg after an effort of 141kg in snatch and 172kg in clean and jerk. China's Xiaojun Lyu topped the category, lifting 375kg.

He set a new Games record of 175kg in snatch and 200kg in clean and jerk. Silver medal went to Kim Kwang-song of North Korea and Thailand's Chatuphum Chinnawong bagged the bronze.

Meanwhile, Satish Sivalingam, whose name was there in the initial start list, did not take part in the competition after he fell ill. Sivalingam had won a gold at CWG.
In women's 63kg division, Punam, who had bagged a bronze medal at CWG, finished a lowly seventh in the field of nine lifters.

She could lift an overall 200kgs (90+110) even as the gold medallist in her category lifted 261kgs to create a world record.

Chinese Taipei's Lin Tzu Chi broke the world record in not just the total weight but also in clean and jerk to win the yellow metal. She hoisted 145kg for the clean and jerk record, while lifting 116kg in snatch for the Asian Games record.

China's Deng Wei settled for a silver with a lift of 259kg (115+144) while Jo Pok-Hyang of North Korea pocketed the bronze after an effort of 247kg (107+140).

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