Records fall as Kos­tova claims crown

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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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