Jang the juggernaut lifts to victory
The Korean athlete competed in the plus-75 kilograms division and cleared 187 kilograms (412 pounds) in the clean and jerk competition, replacing her previous world record of 186 kilograms. She won the gold in her weight class with a combined total of 323 kilograms in the clean and jerk.
Above all else, the 26-year-old was relieved to have completed the event on home soil. Having won three consecutive world titles and a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, all eyes were on Jang coming into the event. She looked nervous to start the competition and failed to clear her first attempts in both clean and jerk and snatch competitions for the first time in her career.
"I've been waiting for this time," said Jang with a sigh of relief at the press conference. "I am happy to have won at the first World Championships held in Korea. As such, I felt a lot of pressure coming into competition. I hope Korea does not host another World Championships."
Jang has now joined an exclusive club of female weightlifters who have won four consecutive World Championships. Since placing first at the 2005 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, she has gone onto win the annual event every year, except in 2008 when there were no championships because of the Bejing Olympics. There, Jang won her first Olympic gold, setting new world records.
At the most recent championships, Jang was impressive in the clean and jerk competition but came up a bit short in the snatch competition with 136 kilograms. The weight was 2 kilograms short of Tatiana Kashirina, 18, of Russia.
By Jason Kim [firstname.lastname@example.org]