Records fall as Kostova claims crown


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 (Tuesday in Manila). 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. 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.



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