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New world record in women's 75 kg weightlifting set by North Korean athlete

September 25, 2014, 18:25 UTC+3 SEOUL
Kim Un-Ju brought her national team the fourth gold medal of the 2014 Asian Games
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SEOUL, September 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Besides bringing her national team an overall fourth gold medal of the 2014 Asian Games, running in South Korea’s Incheon on September 19 to October 4, North Korean weightlifter Kim Un-Ju also set a new world record in women’s 75 kg weight category.

The North Korean weightlifter set the record of 164 kg in jerk, breaking the previous world record of Russian weightlifter Nadezhda Yevstyukhina, which she set in November of 2011.

Before her record 164 kg in jerk, Kim also astonished the audience with the clean 128 kg in snatch, and eventually billed an aggregate result of 292 kg.

After winning the gold of the 2014 Asian Games, which are officially called the XVII Asiad, Kim broke into tears of joy as she was standing on the podium.

"Thanks to the people cheering for me," AFP news agency quoted Kim as saying. "I gathered strength. Even if it's just a little bit, I wanted to bring happiness to the people who supported me."

China's Kang Yue won the silver stopping short of Kim by one kilogram only with the aggregate result after the snatch and jerk of 291 kg. The Chinese athlete also attempted to clear the record weight of 164 kg in jerk, but failed.

Another North Korean weightlifter Rim Jong-Sim, who is the 2012 Olympic champion in women’s 69 kg weight category, finished way after the leaders with the aggregate result of 271 kg, but left the rest of the contenders behind and took the bronze as she tried her strength this time in a higher weight category.

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