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First gold for N Korea, China soars

Two North Korean athletes set East Asian Games weightlifting records yesterday as the hermit nation gathered its first golds at this year’s regional meeting.

Rim Jong Sim set new games marks of 117 kilograms in the snatch and 148kg in the clean and jerk of the women’s 69kg class.

Her teammate Kim Un Ju took gold in the women’s 75kg with a total score of 266kg, including a games record clean and jerk of 153kg - more than twice her own body weight.

Another North Korean, Chun Mi Jong, took gold in the women’s 63kg category with a total score of 226kg.

Japanese runner Yuko Shimizu, meanwhile, dazzled in the women’s 10,000 meters, taking gold with a time of 32 minutes and 50.42 seconds, also breaking the games record.

But host China consolidated its lead in the medals table on the second day of the 10-day quadrennial games in Tianjin City, with more than three times as many golds as its nearest competitors, Japan and South Korea.

China, which has bested its competitors in each of the five previous East Asian Games, had 43 gold medals at the end of competition yesterday, compared to 11 apiece for Japan and South Korea.

The host also had 28 silver medals and 15 bronzes.

South Korea, in second place on the overall medals table, had won 18 silvers and 22 bronzes, while Japan had accumulated 11 silvers and 22 bronzes.

Chinese athletes took golds yesterday in categories, including taekwondo, diving and fencing, and have also picked up first places in less-traditional contests — such as the jive, rumba and cha-cha-cha dance competitions.



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