Taiwanese weightlifter wins gold at Asian Games

Gold medalist Taiwan's Lin Tzu-chi (C) poses with silver medalist China's Deng Wei (L) and bronze medalist North Korea's Jo Pok-Hyang (R) in the awards ceremony for the women's 63kg weightlifting event during the 2014 Asian Games.

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese athlete Lin Tzu-chi (林子琦) yesterday broke the world record for women's under-63-kilogram weightlifting with a combined score of 261 kilograms, winning the national team another gold medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Lin lifted a combined 261 kilograms in the snatch and clean and jerk to grab the gold medal by a 2-kilogram margin over Deng Wei from China. During the weightlifting match yesterday, the 26-year-old athlete first snatched 110 kilograms and then later set set an Asian Games record with a snatch of 116 kilograms. Her Chinese rival Deng, however, made up the difference with a clean and jerk of 144 kilograms.

During the clean and jerk match, Lin first challenged with 140 kilograms and then 143 kilograms. On her final attempt in the clean and jerk, Lin pulled through with a world record lift of 145 kilograms, giving her a 1-kilo lead.

Lin's father Lin Ching-tsung (林清宗) was quoted by the Central News Agency, saying that Lin called her mother immediately after she won the gold medal. Lin Ching-tsung said he has been running a noodle shop in New Taipei for 11 years to raise funding for his daughter. He said he works 13 hours every day but it is all worthwhile. Her hard work finally paid off, he said.

Lin's gold medal was Taiwan's second of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. Taiwanese athlete Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) bagged the first gold medal in the under-53-kilogram weightlifting for women on Sept. 21 with a combined weight of 233 kilograms.

Hsu also set a world record in the women's under-53-kilogram weightlifting category. Hsu's gold medal was the first the nation has ever earned in Asian Games' women's weightlifting history.

The Sports Administration under the Ministry of Education will award Hsu and Lin NT$3 million ($126,000) each for winning gold medals, in accordance with the Regulations for Issuance of Guo Guang Medals and Scholarships for outstanding athletes.

Given the fact that Lin registered her residence in Kinmen County, the county government's education department said it will offer NT$1 million to Lin as a reward for bagging another gold medal for the nation.