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Tuesday August 12, 2008 MYT 5:03:46 PM

North Korea wins 1st weightlifting gold

BEIJING (AP) - Pak Hyon Suk won North Korea's first weightlifting gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with total lifts of 241 kilograms (531.3 pounds) in the women's 63 kg division Tuesday.

Pak risked being eliminated after missing two clean and jerks at 135 kg (297.6 pounds), but nailed her final attempt to clinch the gold in the last lift of the competition.

Irina Nekrassova of Kazakhstan was second and Lu Ying-chi of Taiwan took the bronze.

World champion and world record-holder Liu Haixia of China was not competing because the Olympic host chose to prioritize other weight categories.

Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia was the favorite to win the event, but crashed out with three failed attempts to lift 107 kg (235.9 pounds) in the snatch.-AP

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