Chinese teen wins weightlifting gold
Long Qingquan, 17, won China's second Olympic weightlifting gold in as many days on Sunday at the Beijing University Gymasium.
Qingquan took gold in the 56-kilogram category by lifting 292 kg overall. He hoisted 132 kg in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk.
Qingquan, who had never competed internationally, only missed one lift. With the gold already secure, he was unsuccessful on a clean and jerk attempt of 164 kg.
The Olympic and world records set early in the decade by Turkey's Halil Mutlu were not approached.
The Chinese teen follows Chen Xiexia, who won gold for China on Saturday in the women's 48-kg class.
Hoang Anh Tuan of Vietnam was just tow kg back to take the silver. Eko Irawan of Indonesia won bronze.
Thai lifter changes name, wins gold
China may have had more medals on Sunday if it were not for a rule that limits competitors to four women per country, according to the gold medal winner of the 53-kg category.
Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon won Thailand's first gold medal on Sunday, lifting a total of 221 kg.
The Thai lifter set an Olympic record with a clean and jerk of 126 and then was unsuccessful at 130, which was one kg more than the world record set last year by China's Li Ping.
"I don't mind that I didn't get the record. I just wanted a medal," she said.
The winner used to be known as Junpim Kuntatean, but changed her name last year to improve her luck after a session with a fortune teller.
Still, she said after her win that she felt fortunate her weight class was devoid of Chinese competitors.
The other two women on the podium were each eight kg back. Yoon Jinhee of South Korea took the silver, with Natassia Novikava of Belarus grabbing bronze.
Melanie Roach of the United States finished sixth.
With files from the Associated Press