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North Korean Breaks Weightlifting World Record

The 2012 Olympic champion Om Yun Chol broke his own world record for the clean and jerk on his way to North Korea's first gold medal of the 2014 Asian Games.

Om raise 170 kilograms in the men's 56-kilogram class at the Asian Games, besting his old record by 1kg.  Incredibly, that's more than three times of his own weight.  He also set a games record with a combined total of 298kg.

Standing just 1.52m tall (5ft) and weighing 56kg (123lbs), Om’s mighty lift came near the end of a day in which 18 gold medals were split between eight countries.

The Olympic gold medallist received a rapturous ovation from the South Korean fans as, having already lifted a Games record 166kg with his second attempt to secure gold, he then lifted more than three times his own body weight.

Om will be welcomed back in North Korea as a national hero.  The North Korean government will most likely present him with fully furnished condo and a car as they have in recent years to Gold medalists.

North Korean Breaks Weightlifting World Record Reviewed by Brandon on 9/20/2014 Rating: 5

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