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22-year-old Indonesian weightlifter Rahmat Erwin Abdullah, who took bronze in the men's 73kg at the Tokyo Olympic Games, clinched gold in the same event at Hangzhou Asiad on Tuesday, and also set a world record in the clean and jerk of the event.

HANGZHOU, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian Olympic champion Rahmat Erwin Abdullah clinched the gold with a world record in the men's 73kg event at Hangzhou Asiad here on Tuesday.

Abdullah, 22, lifted 158kg in the snatch and presented a world record of 201kg in the clean and jerk for a winning total of 359kg. His personal best in the clean and jerk was one kilo better than his own previous world mark.

"It's an absorbing contest as I expected," said Abdullah, adding that he really enjoyed the process of the competition.

Follow Abdullah, 19-year-old Weeraphon Wichuma from Thailand, who won gold in the men's 73kg at the 2023 world weightlifting championships in Riyadh last month, collected silver, by lifting 156kg in the snatch and 195kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 351kg. DPR Korean weightlifter Oh Kum Thaek came third with 344kg.

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China's Wei Yinting, who won gold in the men's 73kg at the 2023 Asian weightlifting championships this May, lifted 161kg in the snatch but failed to make 180kg for three attempts in the clean and jerk.

"I feel a little bit tired of series of competitions recently," said Wei, explaining that his knee injury affects him.

The weightlifting competition of Hangzhou Asiad, with 14 gold medals up for grabs, will conclude on Saturday.

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