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Thai Weightlifter Sets 3 World Records

November 13, 2005

DOHA, Qatar (AP) _ Pawina Thongsuk of Thailand broke world records in the snatch, clean and jerk and overall categories of the women’s 139-pound division Saturday at the world weightlifting championships.

With her third lift of 256 pounds in the snatch, the 26-year-old improved by two pounds on the previous record of Hanna Batsiushka of Belarus at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In the clean and jerk, Pawina lifted 309 pounds on her second try to beat European champion Svetlana Shimkova of Russia, who hoisted 306 pounds to break the world mark of 304 set by Ukraine’s Nataliya Skakun in 2003.

Pawina, the reigning Olympic champion in the 165-pound class, finished with an overall total of 564 pounds. She shattered the previous record of 545, set by China’s Liu Xia in 2003.

China’s Li Hongli won the overall men’s title with 796 pounds in the 170-pound category. Li won golds in the snatch (364) and clean and jerk (432).

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