South Korean weightlifting ended the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games with a gold medal, avoiding the “no gold” stigma. Two Korean flags were raised at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on Sunday, the last day of weightlifting competition at the Games. Park Hye-jung (Goyang City Hall), who competed in the women’s 87kg and above weightlifting event, won with a lift of 125kg, a snatch of 169kg and a total of 294kg, while Son Young-hee finished second with a lift of 124kg, a snatch of 159kg and a total of 283kg.It has been 13 years since a South Korean athlete won an Asian Games weightlifting event, with Jang Jang-ran (now Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism) winning gold in the women’s heavyweight category (then known as over 75 kilograms) at Guangzhou 2010.With the reigning champion Li Wenyuan (23-China) out with an injury, Park Hye-jung emerged as the favorite and, as expected, lifted the heaviest barbell .Son Young-hee battled Park Hye-jung to the end to take the silver medal. It was the first time for a Korean weightlifter to finish first or second on the Asian Games podium in the women’s category and the first time in 33 years for both men and women since Kim Byung-chan (gold) and Lee Hyung-geun (silver) in the men’s 90 kg and Kim Tae-hyun (gold) and Jeon Sang-seok (silver) in the men’s 110 kg at the 1990 Beijing Asian Games. In the final event of the Games, Lee Ji-sang (Gyeongnam Provincial Office) finished fourth in the men’s heaviest category (over 109 kg) with a lift of 177 kg, a snatch of 223 kg and a total of 400 kg. The previous day, Yoon Ha-je (Gimhae City Hall) finished second and Jung Aram (Incheon City Hall) third in the women’s 87 kg category, giving Korean weightlifting two medals. Lee Sang-yeon (Suwon City Hall) won bronze in the men’s 67 kg and Kim Soo-hyun (Busan City Sports Association) in the women’s 76 kg. South Korean weightlifting hasn’t won a gold medal since Incheon 2014 (1 silver, 1 bronze) and Jakarta-Palembang 2018 (3 silver, 2 bronze). In 2018, no gold was enough to rub salt in the wounds, despite the absence of China, the strongest nation in weightlifting. This time around, Hangzhou ended on a high note, with Park Hye-jung winning gold on the final day of competition .However, North Korea was the star of the show in weightlifting at the Hangzhou Asian Games. North Korea, which returned to the international stage four years after the 2019 World Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctions, won 13 medals – six gold, 카지노사이트 five silver and two bronze – to outperform China (five gold, three silver and one bronze).

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