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Pak claims gold for North Korea

Pak Hyon Suk wins gold for North Korea
Pak Hyon Suk claimed gold in dramatic circumstances

Pak Hyon Suk won North Korea's first Olympic gold medal in Beijing when she won the women's 63kg weightlifting.

Pak was nearly eliminated after twice failing to clean and jerk 135kg, but made it at the third attempt to match the Olympic record and claim gold.

She earlier lifted 106kg in the snatch for a total of 241kg, just 1kg ahead of Irina Nekrassova of Kazakhstan.

Lu Ying-chi of Taiwan took bronze with 231kg, while Britain's Michaela Breeze suffered a back injury to finish 15th.

Pak's total of 240kg was just 1kg behind the Olympic record set in Sydney in 2000 by China's Chen Xiaomin.

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With world champion and world record-holder Liu Haixia not competing because the Chinese decided to concentrate on other weight categories, Svetlana Tsarukaeva was favourite to win gold.

But the Russian crashed out after three failed attempts to lift 107kg in the snatch and ended in tears after knocking her head on the wall as she departed.

Nekrassova took the lead after the snatch when she managed 110kg, but her 130kg in the clean and jerk was not enough to deny Pak.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 8 1 0 9
Men's 56kg 1 0 0
Men's 62kg 1 0 0
Men's 69kg 1 0 0
Men's 77kg 0 1 0
Men's 85kg 1 0 0
Women's 48kg 1 0 0
Women's 58kg 1 0 0
Women's 69kg 1 0 0
Women's 75kg 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forSouth Korea 2 1 0 3
Men's 77kg 1 0 0
Women's +75kg 1 0 0
Women's 53kg 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forKazakhstan 1 2 1 4
Men's 94kg 1 0 0
Women's +75kg 0 0 1
Women's 63kg 0 1 0
Women's 75kg 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forBelarus 1 1 1 3
Men's 105kg 1 0 0
Men's 85kg 0 1 0
Women's 53kg 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forDPR Korea 1 0 1 2
Women's 58kg 0 0 1
Women's 63kg 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forGermany 1 0 0 1
Men's +105kg 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forThailand 1 0 0 1
Women's 53kg 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forRussia 0 4 3 7
Men's +105kg 0 1 0
Men's 105kg 0 1 1
Men's 94kg 0 0 1
Women's 58kg 0 1 0
Women's 69kg 0 1 0
Women's 75kg 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forUkraine 0 1 1 2
Women's +75kg 0 1 0
Women's 69kg 0 0 1
10 also show each event results forColombia 0 1 0 1
Men's 62kg 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 0 1
Men's 69kg 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forPoland 0 1 0 1
Men's 94kg 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forTurkey 0 1 0 1
Women's 48kg 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forVietnam 0 1 0 1
Men's 56kg 0 1 0
15 also show each event results forArmenia 0 0 3 3
Men's 69kg 0 0 1
Men's 77kg 0 0 1
Men's 85kg 0 0 1
16 also show each event results forChinese Taipei 0 0 2 2
Women's 48kg 0 0 1
Women's 63kg 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forIndonesia 0 0 2 2
Men's 56kg 0 0 1
Men's 62kg 0 0 1
18 also show each event results forLatvia 0 0 1 1
Men's +105kg 0 0 1

see also
Breeze performance hit by injury
12 Aug 08 |  Weightlifting
Chen defends weightlifting title
11 Aug 08 |  Weightlifting
Devon's Breeze gets Olympic call
14 Jul 08 |  Weightlifting
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Michaela Breeze's weightlifting guide
21 Apr 08 |  Weightlifting


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