August 5, 2012 / 5:20 PM / 5 years ago

Zhou sets record to beat Russian

China's Zhou Lulu salutes after completing her three attempts and winning the women's +75kg group A clean and jerk weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 5, 2012. Zhou set an Olympic Record in the clean and jerk with a lift of 187kg and a new total world record with 333kg. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

LONDON (Reuters) - China’s Zhou Lulu won gold and set a world record in the women’s super heavyweight Olympic weightlifting competition on Sunday, coming out on top after a record-breaking head-to-head battle with Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina.

In the first of the two lifting rounds Kashirina completed a 151 kg snatch lift that surpassed her own previous world record for the over-75 kg category by 3 kg, giving her a 5 kg lead at the halfway stage.

But Zhou overhauled her with a superior performance in the clean and jerk, where she lifted an Olympic record 187 kg that also gave her the world record for the combined total across both styles of lift, with 333 kg.

Kashirina won the silver, just 1 kg behind, while Armenia’s Hripsime Khurshudyan took the bronze with a total of 294 kg.

Reporting by William James, editing by Mark Trevelyan

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