Olympic champion Cao Lei easily wins gold at Chinese National Games
Olympic champion Cao Lei breezily won the gold medal in the women’s 75kg category at the 11th Chinese National Games weightlifting competition on Monday.
Cao, 26, winner in the Beijing Olympics, met almost no challenge throughout the competition. She snatched 125kg, jerked 150kg and lifted a total of 275kg to win the gold.
Rookie Xiang Yanmei of Hunan, 17, trying to take two attempts at the winning but nearly impossible 160kg, one kilo more than the jerk world record, failed both times.
Xiang, placed fifth in the national championships in April, clinched silver at 261kg and the 23-year-old Qu Huijuan of Liaoning took the bronze at the same weight with the body weight disadvantage.