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11 August 2008 :: 03:08:57 am 43144

Prapawadee Wins Thailand’s First Gold Medal at Olympics

BEIJING, Aug 10 - Thailand's Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakul won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 53kg weightlifting on Sunday, the first gold medal so far for Thailand in the games.
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In a field absent of Chinese contenders, the Thai lifter set a new Olympic record by heaving 126kg in the clean and jerk on the way to winning the women’s 53kg weightlifting gold. Yang Xia of China set the previous record at the Sydney Games in 2000.

The high-spirited Prapawadee attempted to break the world record of 129kg held by China’s Li Ping, but failed.

She lifted a total of 221 kilogrammes in Sunday’s competition.

South Korean Yoon Jin-hee beat Belarus’ Nastassia Novikava because of a lower body weight for the silver medal as both made the two-lift total of 213kg.

Chinese weightlifters were not present in the class.

Thailand aims to win four medals in weightlifting in Beijing. However, two of the country’s top medal hopes failed to finish in the top three at the games on Friday. Premsiri Bunpithak and Pensiri Laosirikul failed to finish in the top three at the Beijing Olympics.

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Ms. Pensiri only finished fifth, while Ms. Premsiri failed to make a single success in three attempts in the snatch category and was eliminated in the 48kg division. The Thai female weightlifting squad claimed two gold and two bronze medals in weightlifting at the 2004 Games.

Athens bronze medallist Wandee Kamaeim is the only female lifter remaining from the 2004 Olympics. She will take part in the 58kg division in Beijing on Monday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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