Source: Xinhua News Agency

08-13-2008 08:46

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Liao Hui won the men's 69kg division by a big margin to give China its fifth weightlifting gold medal at the Beijing Olympics here on Tuesday.

Liao Hui of China celebrates after taking a successful lift during the men's 69kg final of weightlifting at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008. Liao won the gold medal with a total of 348 kilos.(Xinhua Photo)
Liao Hui of China celebrates after taking a successful lift during
the men's 69kg final of weightlifting at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008. Liao won the gold medal with a 
total of 348 kilos.(Xinhua Photo)

The 20-year-old Chinese claimed the title at 348kg, beating French Vencelas Dabaya-Tientcheu by 10kg, who took the silver medal thanks to lighter body weight. Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia came third.

Liao's victory helped China equal the number of gold medals that China won at Athens four years ago as there are six competition days to go.

"This is a exciting competition, but not perfect for Liao. He was young and not stable. We will try to find the problem," commented Chen Wenbin, head coach of China's men's team.

Gold medalist Liao Hui (C) of China, silver medalist Vencelas Dabaya-Tientcheu(L) of France, and bronze medalist Tigran Gevorg Martirosyan of Armenia stand on the podium at the awarding ceremony of the men's 69kg final of weightlifting at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Aug. 12, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
Gold medalist Liao Hui (C) of China, silver medalist Vencelas Dabaya-
Tientcheu(L) of France, and bronze medalist Tigran Gevorg Martirosyan
of Armenia stand on the podium at the awarding ceremony of the men's
69kg final of weightlifting at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
China, Aug. 12, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)