Kazakhstan's Ilyin wins gold in 94-kilogram class


Associated Press

Posted on November 18, 2010 at 5:36 AM

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan won gold in the men's 94-kilogram division of the weightlifting competition at the Asian Games on Thursday.

Ilyin, 22, lifted a total of 394 kilograms — 175 in snatch and 219 in clean and jerk — finishing one kilogram ahead of Iran's Asghar Ebrahimi 11 clear of third-place Kim Min-jae of South Korea.

"My result is not close to what I had achieved in training, but still I am happy to win this gold," Ilyin said.

Ilyin secured gold with his second lift of 219 kilograms in clean and jerk but could not break his Asian record of 226 kilograms when he made an unsuccessful attempt at 227.

Ebrahimi was impressive in snatch despite failing at 186 kilogram in his third attempt. His successful lift at 183 was five better than, Kim while Ilyin was eight kilograms behind him.

"In the beginning I was not expecting," Ilyin said about his effort in snatch. "But I was confident going into the clean and jerk."

Ilyin, who missed the World Championships at Antalya, Turkey in September due to hand injury, made two impressive lifts of 215 and 219 kilograms in clean and jerk — with the second one giving him the gold.

Ebrahimi could not clear 213 kilograms after successfully lifting 205 kilograms and 210.

"I know I can do better, but I think I've got a good result today," Ebrahimi said.

It was Kazakhstan's second weightlifting gold at Guangzhou after Maiya Maneza won the 63-kilgoram women's event.

South Korea's Kim was surprised to win bronze after Zhang Shengguo disappointed his home fans and finished fourth with a total 380 kilogram.

"I was not expecting a medal and I have no words to explain my feeling at winning a bronze," Kim said.

China leads the weightlifting competition with seven golds but needs to win all of the remaining four events to improve on its 10-gold performance at 2006 Asian Games.