China and Vietnam celebrate Champions on Day 1 at YOG Weightlifting
Singapore – 15 August 2010:
With the Women’s 48kg competition the weightlifting events of the 1st Youth Olympic Games were kicked off in Singapore. Chinese Tian Yuan won the Youth Olympic Champion title with an overwhelming 190kg total over Thailand’s Pramonghol (163kg) and bronze medallist Rodriguez Genesis from Venezuela (154kg). Tian Yuan set two new Youth world records on the way: 85kg in snatch and 190kg in total.
In the men’s opening competition for the 56kg, Vietnam’s Thach Kim Tuan managed to overcome his Chinese rival Xie Jiawu by a 2kg difference (256kg against 254kg) in a breathtaking duel. More excitement was being catered for by Armenian Margaryan‘s solo at the end of the competition who, trying to change his bronze for gold, left two attempts at 149kg for the finish – eventually failing at this heroic effort.
(Photos and reports from A. Nemeth-Mora)