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Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-ching claims gold

SWIMMING UPSET:Japan’s Kosuke Hagino beat highly favored China and South Korea athletes to snatch gold in the men’s 200m freestyle final in 1 minute, 45.23 seconds

Agencies, INCHEON, South Korea

Gold medalist Hsu Shu-ching of Taiwan, who set a new world record in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event, silver medalist Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan, left, and bronze medalist Wanqiong Zhang of China, right, pose during the awards ceremony yesterday at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Photo: AFP

Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-ching won gold and set a new combined world mark of 233kg in the 53kg category at the Asian Games yesterday, while Kazakhistan weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo broke her own clean-and-jerk world record.

Hsu, who won silver behind Chinshanlo at the London Olympics in 2012, turned the tables on her by beating the combined mark of 230kg, set at the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 by China’s Li Ping.

Chinshanlo was beaten for the title owing to her Taiwanese rival’s superior lift in the snatch.

Chinshanlo had set the clean-and-jerk world record by lifting 131kg in London and bettered her mark by 1kg in Incheon.

Hsu lifted 101kg in the snatch and 132kg in the clean and jerk.

The drama wasn’t over as Chinshanlo, with one lift remaining, raised the weight to the improbable 137kg that would have given her the gold.

However, she buckled under the huge load and had to settle for silver with a total of 228kg.

“I fought for this and I knew we were on the same level. But never in my dreams did I think I would have to break the world record to win gold,” a delighted Hsu told reporters afterward.

She added that it had all come as a shock and she had exceeded even her own expectations.

“I never lifted that much, not even in training,” Hsu said. “My next goal is to win an Olympic gold. I am so happy.”

Hsu’s and Chinshanlo’s efforts were not the only world records to be set in a dramatic evening at Incheon’s Moonlight Festival arena.

China’s 20-year-old Zhang Wanqiong set two new junior world records on her way to a bronze, her country’s first medal of the weightlifting competition.

Zhang was as surprised as anyone at what she had seen unfold at the end of the clean and jerk.

“I didn’t expect Hsu to do this well,” Zhang admitted. “I will just have to work harder from now.”

Chinshanlo was clearly upset after losing an event for which she had been a hot favourite and left without talking to waiting reporters.

“She is an Olympic champion. Second place is OK. She will work harder for two more years for the Rio Olympics,” said Alexy Ni, Chinshanlo’s coach.

The Games run until Oct. 4, with about 13,000 athletes competing for 439 gold medals. Taiwan is hoping to improve upon the 67 medals they won in 2010.

CYCLING

AFP, INCHEON, South Korea

Hong Kong’s Olympic medal-winning track cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze took gold in the women’s keirin.

Lee, 27, punched the air after she crossed the line, with Malaysia’s Fatehah Binti Mustapa taking silver and China’s Zhong Tianshi winning bronze.

Chinese riders Zhong and Lin Junhong made their move in the penultimate lap, but Mustapa and Lee battled back, leaving Zhong out of the medals. Lee, who is also tipped for gold in the individual sprint, became a star in Hong Kong when she won keirin bronze at the 2012 Olympics — the territory’s first cycling medal at a Summer Games, and only its third overall.

It is not her first Asian Games gold — she took the 500m time trial in Guangzhou, before becoming world champion in that event last year.

However, her form had been in question after she came in sixth when she defended her world title earlier this year.

SWIMMING

AFP, INCHEON, South Korea

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino stunned heavyweights Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan to snatch gold in an electrifying men’s 200m freestyle final.

Hagino, 20, trailed the China and South Korea stars going into the final lap, but roared back in the last 50m to touch in 1 minute, 45.23 seconds, just 0.05 ahead of Sun.

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