Cui Zhe wins women’s 41kg powerlifting for China’s first gold

Cui Zhe lifted 100kg on Sunday to win the women’s 41kg powerlifting, bringing China the first gold medal at the 3rd Asian Para Games here.

Guo Lingling made it a double for China as she broke the world record twice to win the women’s 45kg category, setting the new world best mark of 115kg, reports.

Cui, silver medallist of the event at 2016 Rio Paralympics, battled with Indonesia’s Ni Nengah Widiasih from the very beginning as Cui lifted 96kg on the first attempt and Widiasih lifted 97kg.

Neither of them succeeded on the second outings but Cui managed to push up 100kg on the last attempt, while Widiasih failed twice on 101kg to take the silver medal. Syria’s Noura Baddour finished third.

“I was not worried after the second attempt because I never lost to the Indonesian before. I knew I just needed to lift my 100kg and the pressure would be on her,” Cui said.

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