Meng Cheng won China’s second weightlifting gold medal on Sunday night, with a lift of 155kg in the men’s 56g event in the clean and jerk at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Meng confidently hoisted 128kg over his head with his third attempt in the snatch and followed it with his lift in the clean and jerk for a 283kg total and a wide margin of victory.
Tuan Nguyen Tran Anh (VIE) and Adkhamjon Ergashev (UZB) finished deadlocked at 243kg and the Vietnamese lifter was awarded the silver medal because he weighed 55.54kg compared to 55.92kg for Ergashev.
Meng is almost as good at showmanship as he is at lifting a barbell over his head. Before each of his lifts, he strolled slowly to the field of play and then chalked his hands while glancing side to side at the audience at the International Expo Centre.
He bowed, grunted and then placed his left hand on the barbell followed by his right and seconds later, the weights were above his head thanks to what looked like an effortless motion.
“I am very proud I won gold for China and I am grateful to the spectators,’’ he said. “I was nervous and I gained a lot of confidence. “I am looking forward to taking part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,’’ he said. “This was not my best performance. I have done better in training.’’
Ergashev was happy with his bronze medal. “This is a great victory for me,’’ he said. “I am very proud to get the bronze medal for my country. Meng is very strong and I can honestly say he was stronger than me.’’