China's Deng wins weightlifting gold, sets world record


China's Deng Wei won the women's 63kg gold medal on her Olympic debut and broke the world record held by Taiwan's Lin Tzu-chi, who was withdrawn just hours before the event started.

Deng lifted 115kg in the snatch before sensationally grabbing first place with a world-record clean and jerk of 147kg, which saw her smash Lin's total record by 1kg.

Deng finished 14kg clear of Choe Hyo Sim, the North Korean who has stood below her on the podium at the past two International Weightlifting Federation world championships.

Deng's win on day four took China's tally of gold medals to seven.

"Actually, when I woke up this morning, I felt nervous, because it was my first Olympic Games".

Deng's clean and jerk lift smashed the Olympic record by 12 kilograms (26 pounds), and her performance in total weight lifted bested the world record by 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds). "I am very excited and very thrilled to win this medal". "I could have tried much harder".

"I haven t heard anything about reports of her failing a dope test". She lifted 105kg in snatch and 143kg in clean and jerk for a 248kg total.

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"'You must deserve this name, respect this name, '" Shi said he was told.

Weightlifting has been dogged by steroid use for more than 50 years, but better testing techniques have meant bans for more star athletes.

Kazakhstan's involvement in the weightlifting had been in major doubt in the run-up to the Games due to a number of high-profile positive doping cases.

An official from Taiwan's national Olympic committee did not immediately respond to queries from AFP about reports that she had failed a doping test.

Results from the past are also in danger because of advances in testing.

Nine Russians from the 2008 and 2012 Games have also failed retesting, all for oral turinabol, a relic of the East German state doping program of the Cold War era.