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(LEAD) (Asian Games) N. Korea's Om Yun-chol defends weightlifting title

All News 22:19 August 20, 2018

(ATTN: ADDS details from 8th para; photo)

JAKARTA, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-chol successfully defended his Asian Games title on Monday.

Om, 26, won the men's 56kg weightlifting competition at the 18th Asian Games after clearing a total of 287kg. Thach Kim Tuan of Vietnam took silver at 280kg, while Surahmat Bin Suwoto Wijoyo of Indonesia earned bronze at 272kg.

This was North Korea's 100th Summer Asian Games gold medal.

It was also the second gold medal for North Korea at Jakarta-Palembang 2018. Three hours before his performance, Ri Song-gum topped the women's 48kg weightlifting competition to deliver North Korea's first gold medal in Jakarta.

Om entered the competition as the top favorite. After finishing atop at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, he triumphed at the 2012 London Olympics and took silver at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.

At Jakarta International Expo, the three-time World Championships winner cleared 127kg in the snatch, finishing second behind Thach Kim Tuan of Vietnam, who lifted 128kg.

Om moved up to first place, however, after clearing 160kg in his first attempt in the clean and jerk.

After securing the gold, Om tried to clear 172kg, which exeeds his world record by one kilogram, but failed to lift the barbell.

North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-chol competes in the men's 56kg weightlifting competition at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta on Aug. 20, 2018. (Yonhap)

"It's pity that I couldn't set the world record," Om told reporters after receiving the gold medal. "(After I lost gold at Rio 2016) I didn't want to lose the gold medal."

Om said he was also happy that he delivered North Korea's 100th gold medal at the Asian Games.

Om received warm support both from North Koreans and South Koreans at Jakarta International Expo.

"Their support gave me lots of energy," he said.

North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-chol salutes the North Korean flag during the medal ceremony of the men's 56kg weightlifting competition at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta on Aug. 20, 2018. (Yonhap)

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