Back in business: Deng Wei and Shi Zhiyong provide much needed lift for China’s Olympic Games medal tally

Chen Ruolin and Liu Huxia also won the synchronised 10 metre platform diving competition, but there was disappointment for Ning Zetao as the swimmer did not make it to the 100 metre freestyle finals

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 1:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 August, 2016, 10:00pm

Chinese athletes got back on their feet on the fourth day of the Olympic Games despite a bumpy start in Rio de Janeiro, clinching three golds and a bronze while setting a new world record in weightlifting.

The country has for now bagged 17 medals in total, behind the US’s 26 medals.

Deng Wei lifted Olympic gold with a world record in the women’s weightlifting 63kg category, after favourite Lin Tzu-chi from Taiwan was banned for reportedly failing a doping test.

The superwoman lifted 147kg in the clean-and-jerk and 115kg in the snatch for a combined 262kg.

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“At first, I was very nervous, because it was my first Olympic Games, but afterwards I won, so I am just super excited. I am very excited with my performance. I have been targeting a gold medal for a long time,” Dong said.

Weightlifting superman Shi Zhiyong also took home gold in the men’s 69kg category, lifting 352kg in total, beating Turkey’s Daniyar Ismayilov by just one kilo.

Shi knew that he had the gold medal in the bag after the fifth lift, and so attempted to break the world record in the final lift but failed.

“This is the Olympic Games. Every athlete wants to come and stand on top of the podium and I did it. It was a pity I didn’t break the world record though. I had the chance to do so but I didn’t handle it well,” he said

Shi won gold after his teammate, Chen Lijun, a top favourite and world record holder in the men’s 62kg category, pulled out of the event the day before after two failed lifts because of cramps.

“That was affected me mentally,” Shi said.

Meanwhile, Chen Ruolin, 23, and Liu Huxia, 18, won another gold for China in the women’s synchronised 10 metre platform diving competition.

It was Chen’s fifth Olympic gold medal, bringing her level with fellow Chinese diver Wu Mingxia who collected her fifth diving gold earlier this week.

Team China also won a bronze in women’s gymnastic, scoring 176.003, losing by narrow margin to Russian with 176.688 but a wide margin to the US with 184.897.

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But it was a disappointing day for swimmer Ning Zetao, who surprising did not make it to the 100 metre freestyle finals. He clocked in 48.37 seconds, putting himself just the 12th place out of the 18 swimmers in the semi-finals.

Ning, a record holder for Asia in 100 metres freestyle, was so frustrated he did not speak to the media afterwards.

Social media in Chinese and abroad have gone crazy for Ning because of his heavenly good looks and physique.

“I want to spend the rest of my life with you,”reads one comment on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

Another wrote:“You look better without shirts on.”

Meanwhile, faulty Chinese flags were still used at awards ceremonies on the fourth day of the Olympics as Games organisers were still rushing to have them replaced.

The flags has a printing fault with the four stars all positioned horizontally rather than circling around and pointing to the larger star.