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TOKYO, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Li Fabin continued the good form of China's weightlifters at Tokyo 2020 by snatching the delegation's second gold medal in the men's 61kg here on Sunday.

Li also set new Olympic records of 172kg in the clean and jerk, and 313kg in total.

Prior to Li, Hou Zhihui had triumphed in the women's 49kg category on Saturday.

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Indonesia's Eko Yuli Irawan bagged silver with 302kg, and the bronze medal went to Igor Son of Kazakhstan, who lifted 294kg.

Both declaring 137kg to start their quest for gold, Li and Irawan put on a fierce duel as expected. Li is the current world record holder in both the snatch (145kg) and total (318kg), while Irawan has the clean and jerk world record of 174kg.

Li, the current world champion, managed to lift 137kg on his second attempt, before improving to 141kg in his third.

Irawan succeeded in a 137kg first attempt, but faltered on 141kg in his next two lifts, giving Li a 4kg lead before the clean and jerk.

After successfully lifting 166kg and 172kg, Li aimed for a new world record by calling 178kg on his third attempt, but failed to clear it.

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