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Wang Zhouyu of China pocketed the gold medal in women's 87kg at the Tokyo Olympic.

TOKYO, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- China's Wang Zhouyu pocketed a weightlifting gold medal in women's 87kg at the Tokyo Olympic Games here on Monday.

Tamara Yajaira Salazar Arce from Ecuador came from behind to claim a silver with 263kg, while Crismery Dominga Santana Peguero from the Dominican Republic finished at 256kg for the bronze medal. She became the first female athlete representing the Dominican Republic to win an Olympic medal in an individual event.

It's the sixth gold won by team China from seven categories so far at the Tokyo Olympics, but Wang was not satisfied with her performance en route to winning the title.

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"It was far below my normal strength, but I will continue to work hard," she said.

Failing on her 115kg first snatch attempt, Wang made timely adjustment to lift this weight before improving it to 120kg. "I was a bit nervous in my first snatch attempt, and relaxed at a later stage," Wang explained.

Wang had her category upgraded from 76kg to 87kg in 2019, and she was the winner at the World Championships in this division in the same year.

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In Monday's competition, Wang succeeded on 150kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 270kg, but failed on a possible new Olympic record of 160kg in her final attempt.

"Standing on the podium, I felt that everything has paid off," said she. "Although I have gained 10kg, it was well deserved in the process of making my dream a reality."

"She felt a bit tight early in the competition, as it is the Olympic Games, which is quite different from other competitions and daily training," commented Zhang Guozheng, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and the head coach of China's women's weightlifting team.

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