Li Hongli Sweeps the 77s

Doha, Qatar - Whenever Li Hongli (China) lifts, you expect big things from him in the snatch and tonight he added gold medals in the jerk and total to the one he pocketed in the snatch. 

Li Hongli hits the bottom, and pay dirt, with this 165-kg snatch. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo. 
Li Hongli hits the bottom, and pay dirt, with this 165-kg snatch. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo.

Li smoked 160 kg on his first attempt in the snatch, made another great lift with 165 on his second attempt, but sent 170 up and over on his third attempt. Sebastian Dogariu (Romania) got the silver medal in the snatch after running three good lifts: 155, 160 and 163. Qatar's Sufyan Abbas edged out his former teammate Georgi Markov (Bulgaria) for the bronze medal on body weight, with both lifters hitting 160.

Li cleans very strongly, but his jerks have let him down more than once, so it must have been pretty satisfying for him to get the gold medal in the jerk with his third attempt 196-kg lift, but it wasn't a cakewalk getting there. After opening with a strong clean and slightly shaky jerk on 190 kg, Li appeared to have made 195 on his second attempt, only to suddenly lose the jerk behind after the bar looked to be fixed overhead. Abbas, who had opened with 191, missed the jerk badly, out front, with 196 kg on his second attempt. Li took the same weight on his third attempt and even though he was shaking like a leaf, he hung onto the jerk for a good lift. Abbas called for 201 on his third attempt, going for the gold in the jerk and the total, and he cleaned the weight, but missed the jerk. Yuko Peter (Nehru) got the silver medal in the jerk with 193, a lift he made on his third attempt, after missing the jerk on 192 on his second attempt.

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