Records fall as Kostova claims crown
Runners taking part in the marathon.
HOUSTON: Boyanka Kostova of Azerbaijan set two new world records on her way to victory in the 58kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships on Monday. The Bulgaria-born powerhouse, who switched allegiances to Azerbaijan in 2010, set new records for the snatch (112 kg) before adding a new overall total record (252kg) with her final lift. She failed to add a third record in the clean and jerk, settling for 140 kg, but said she is confident of threatening the record at next year’s Olympics. “I will try my best to do it in Rio de Janeiro,” she said. In the men’s 69kg Shi Zhiyong-renamed after the 2004 62kg champion-followed in his illustrious namesake’s footsteps by winning gold for China. Shi, 22, was renamed by his coach as a child, and said he was glad to live up to his name. “It means wisdom and courage,” said Shi. “I was still young when my coach gave me the name and I did not know about the 2004 Olympics. As I grew up I learned all about Shi Zhiyong and I am proud to say we have met since.” — AFP
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