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Olympics: Kazakhstan shines

Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan broke the world record to win the gold medal of the men’s 77kg category while his compatriot Dmitriy Balandin created history by claiming the central Asian country’s first swimming medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics here.

Rahimo registered a total of 379kg on Wednesday, bettering the world record of the jerk by four kilos along the way with a successful attempt of 214kg, reports Xinhua.

Balandin meanwhile stunned several higher rated swimmers on his way to gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke category, his country’s first ever Olympic medal of any colour in swimming.

Kazakhstan now have a total of two gold medals at the Rio Games.

At the weightlifting arena, Rahimo held off a strong challenge from defending champion Lyu Xiaojun of China, who also registered a total lift of 379kg, but finished second due to bodyweight disadvantage.

Lyu however, broke the snatch world record as he lifted 177kg.

Ibrahim Ramadan Ibrahim Abdelbaki of Egypt claimed the bronze at 361kg.

Meanwhile, Xiang Yanmei of China shrugged off an unexpected neck injury to win the gold medal for China in the women’s 69kg Weightlifting category.

Xiang, winner at the world championships in 2013 and 2015, failed in her third attempt in the snatch competition on Wednesday when she put the 118kg barbell above her head but suddenly the barbell fell awkwardly on her head and down her neck and dropped to the floor.

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