Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Two North Korean athletes set East Asian Games weightlifting records

Rim Jong-Sim set new games marks of 117kg in the snatch and 148kg in the clean and jerk of the women's 69kg weightlifting.

Her teammate Kim Un-Ju took gold in the women's 75kg weightlifting with a total score of 266kg, including a games record clean and jerk of 153kg -- more than twice her own body weight.

Another North Korean, Chun Mi-Jong, took gold in the women's 63kg category with a total score of 226kg.

Japanese runner Yuko Shimizu, meanwhile, dazzled in the women's 10,000 metres, taking gold with a time of 32 minutes and 50.42 seconds, also breaking the games record.

But host country China consolidated its lead in the medals table on the second day of the quadrennial games, with more than three times as many golds as its nearest competitors, Japan and South Korea.

China, which has bested its competitors in each of the five previous East Asian Games, had 43 gold medals at the end of competition on Tuesday, compared to 11 apiece for Japan and South Korea.

China also had 28 silver medals and 15 bronzes. South Korea, in second place on the overall medals table, had 18 silvers and 22 bronzes, while Japan had 11 silvers and 22 bronzes.

Chinese athletes took golds Tuesday in categories including taekwondo, diving and fencing, and have also picked up first places in less-traditional contests -- such as the jive, rumba and cha-cha-cha dance competitions.

The 10-day regional contest is being held in the northern port city of Tianjin.

This year's competition features more than 2,400 athletes from China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Guam, competing in 24 different sports.

It is the last time the East Asian Games will be held in their current form, the state news agency Xinhua reported, with the event due to be transformed into a youth games for athletes aged 14 to 18.


Copyright AFP, 2013.

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