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North Korea wins second weightlifting gold

July 30, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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LONDON, July 30 (UPI) -- Un Guk Kim won the second Olympic weightlifting gold medal for North Korea in as many days Monday, setting a world record in the 62-kilogram class.

Over the first three days of the London Games, North Korea has won three gold medals -- two in weightlifting and one in judo. That country won just two golds during the entire Beijing Olympics.

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Kim's world record of 327 kilograms gave him the title over Oscar Figueroa of Colombia and Irawan Eko Yuli of Indonesia, who won a bronze medal at his second straight Olympics.

Zhang Jie of China, the defending world champion, finished fourth.

There was also an Olympic record set in the women's 58-kilogram class, which was won by China's Li Xueying. She lifted 246 kilograms, which made her the easy winner over Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand and Yuliya Kalina or Ukraine.

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