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CHINA'S DIVERS DELIGHT, ABDULLAH SETS WEIGHTLIFTING WORLD RECORD

Indonesia's Rahmat Erwin Abdullah set a weightlifting world record and China's world-beating teenage divers wowed fans, but their soccer players crashed out on day 10 of the Hangzhou Asian Games on Tuesday. Abdullah secured gold with a lift of 201kg in the men's 73kg clean and jerk, which beat the previous record of 200kg which he set last December. The 22-year-old's lift follows three other world records set by North Korean weightlifters at this Games.

"I had a pretty good performance, but I was still not at my maximum," Abdullah said. "I always empty my mind every time I lift. I wanted to just focus on my clean and jerk, nothing else." At the climbing wall his compatriot and 2023 world champion Desak Made Rita Kusuma Dewi, 22, won gold in the women's speed event ahead of Asian record holder, Deng Lijuan from China, who took silver. "I was unwell for about a week just before coming to Hangzhou so I see my achievement here as outstanding," Dewi said.


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