Xiang Yanmei recovers to win gold in women’s 69kg

Xiang Yanmei recovers to win gold in women's 69kg

Chinese weightlifter Xiang Yanmei survived a nasty collision with the bar to win gold in the women’s 69-kilogram class on Wednesday.

Xiang had appeared dazed after the bar hit the back of her head on a failed snatch attempt, but recovered well to take the gold with 116 kilograms in the snatch and 145 in the clean and jerk, for a total of 261. She adds Olympic gold to the world titles she won in 2013 and 2015.

Silver went to Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Zhapparkul with a 259 total. Zhapparkul had faced possible exclusion from the Olympics after the International Weightlifting Federation proposed to bar the entire Kazakh team for numerous doping failures, but the procedures were not completed in time for Rio.

Egypt’s Sara Ahmed won bronze with 255 kilos.

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