China’s Lijun Chen broke the men’s 62 kilogram clean and jerk and overall world records on his way to claiming two gold medals at the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships here.
The 22-year-old conjured up a final lift of 183kg to eclipse the previous clean and jerk world record mark of 182kg, set by compatriot Maosheng Le at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.
Added to his best snatch lift of 150kg, that gave him an overall total of 333kg, which bettered the 332kg that North Korea’s Un Guk Kim collated at last year’s Asian Games in Incheon.
Defending champion Kim finished runner-up here in the overall with 328kg, while Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov was third with 317kg.
Despite failing in a bid to break his own 154kg snatch world record, Kim won the first section with a lift of 151kg, followed by Chen and then Hristov in third on 141kg.
Hristov also came away with bronze from the clean and jerk, finishing a kilogram shy of Kim, who posted 177kg.
Having won the overall world title in 2013, Chen has become only the third lifter after Kim and fellow countryman Qiu Le to claim multiple overall gold medals in the men’s 62kg category.
"The most important thing right now for me is training harder to make myself well prepared for the Rio  Olympics where it will be a dream to break another record," he said after his victory.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 53kg, Chinese Taipei’s Shu-Ching Hsu scored a total of 221kg to beat China’s Xiaoting Chen on a body weight tiebreaker.
Despite finishing five kilograms short of Chen’s 101kg lift in the snatch, Hsu recovered to post a winning lift of 125kg in the clean and jerk with a five kilogram gap separating her and silver medallist Chen.
The Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz came third in the snatch and clean and jerk, giving her an overall bronze medal-winning total of 213kg.
Hsu’s total fell well short of the 233kg world record she set at the 2014 Asian Games, but it was still enough to see her become only the second woman from Chinese Taipei to win multiple gold medals in the weight category after Li Feng-Ying.
At last year’s World Championships in Almaty, Hsu won the snatch title but finished second in the clean and jerk and overall standings behind Kazakhstan’s Zulfiya Chinshanlo, who did not compete here due to injury.
Earlier, the men’s 69kg D class took centre stage followed by the women’s 58kg C class.
Saudi Arabia's Mohsen Hussain A. Al Duhaylib and South Korea's Sohwa Kim topped the respective standings with totals of 305kg and 196kg.
The men's 69kg C class was headed by Spain's David Sanchez Lopez with 310kg, while Indonesia's I Ketut Ariana set the standard in the B class with 321kg.
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