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Date
29 Jul 2012
Tags
London 2012 , IOC News , Weightlifting

New Olympic record for Om - London 2012 - Weightlifting

Om Yun Chol caused a sensation today as he equalled the world record and set a new Olympic record in the clean and jerk element of the men's 56kg.

Competing in the B group, DPR Korea's Om - only the fifth man in history to lift triple his own body weight - is now firmly in contention for a medal. He raised 168kg - one kg more than triple gold medallist Halil Mutlu did to win the 2000 Games in Sydney and equalled the Turkish lifter's attempt at the European Championships of 2001. Om had followed up a best snatch attempt of 125kg, providing him with a total of 293kg. His nearest rival was Indonesia's Jadi Setiadi (277kg).
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