Records are made to be broken
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Long Qingquan is making quite a name for himself. The Chinese athlete who previously won gold in 2008, is once again making headlines by setting a new clean and jerk record of 170 kg (374.7 lbs) in the 56 kg men’s weightlifting division. To put that into perspective, he just threw up over 3 times his bodyweight from the floor to overhead in one impressive swoop. Not only did he break an Olympic record, but the freakishly strong Olympian also performed a 130 kg snatch (302.3 lbs) bringing his Olympic total to 676.8 lbs). Check out his reaction below.
— Team China (@XHSports) August 8, 2016
Before Long could take the Gold however the competition was extremely stiff. Not only did the lead change hands multiple times along the way but North Korea’s Om Yun-Col looked like he clinched it earlier in the night with a record breaking 169 kg (3720 lb) effort of his own. When Long stepped onto the stage, he had to know he was about to experience a make it or break it moment, a moment where he had to be greater than greatness, a moment where Gods and Kings are made. The Result? He handled it perfectly. Cementing a place in history, not only for himself but for his native home of China. Om Yun-Col would end up taking silver, and Thailand’s Sinphet Kruaithong took home the bronze. Stay tuned for more Olympic news here, at GenIron!
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