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China too strong for competition

17 January 2013

WEIGHTLIFTING: China’s Quan Liu has taken out gold in the Women’s 53kg weightlifting event at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF).

Liu finished with an impressive combined total of 176kg, notching an 83kg ‘Snatch’ and 93kg ‘Clean and Jerk’.

The 17-year-old said she felt confident during the competition.

“I was relaxed and not nervous,” Liu said.

“I plan to keep training hard and continue winning more medals.”

It was a close battle for silver and bronze between Oceania’s Arieta Mudunavoce and Charlotte Moss from New Zealand.

One kilogram separated the two, with Mudunavoce finishing with a total of 118kg and Moss finishing on 117kg.

It was a great learning experience for Australia’s Jessica Barkhan and Hayley Ward, who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

“It was my first international [competition] so I was quite nervous,” Barkhan said.

The Sydney-sider was still able to achieve a personal best (PB) of 43kg in the ‘Snatch’ event, while Ward from Bli Bli in Queensland achieved a PB of 41kg in the ‘Snatch’ and 51kg in the ‘Clean and Jerk’ event.

“I didn’t come to win, I came to lift my best and I felt that I did,” Ward said.

Both Barkhan and Ward praised China’s Liu on her great performance.

“She was incredible,” Barkhan said.

Mohamed Taha
Olympics.com.au

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