Olympic Weightlifting 2016: Medal Winners and Scores After Sunday's Results

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2016

Hsu Shu-Ching, of Taiwan, celebrates on the winner's stand after winning the gold medal in the women's 53kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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Raw power was on display Sunday in Rio, as the sport of weightlifting crowned two more champions in their respective weight divisions.  

On tap for the women was the 53 kg group, while the men power lifters awarded medals in the 56 kg category. The women previously got weightlifting competition underway Saturday with the 48 kg weight group.

With 12 more weight classes to go over the next week, the feats of strength are far from over. But Sunday's results showed just how strong the elite can be despite not having frames you typically see in a muscle magazine.

Here is a look at Sunday's medal results.

Men's 56 KG

PlaceLifterWeight
GoldLong Qingquan (China)307kg
SilverOm Yun-Col (North Korea)304kg
BronzeSinphet Kruaithong (Thailand)289kg
4Arli Chontey (Kazakhstan)278kg
5Le Quoc Toan Tran (Vietnam)275kg
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China's Long Qingquan set Olympic and world records on his way to 307kg total to defeat defending gold medalist Om Yun-Col to take the 56kg gold.

The 25-year-old finished with a 4kg advantage over Yun-Col and an 18kg advantage over Thailand's Sinphet Kruaithong, who earned bronze. Yun-Col briefly set the Olympic record with a 169kg clean and jerk before Qingquan broke it with a 170kg lift minutes later.

Qingquan's is China's third gold medal and an Olympic-leading eighth overall. Yun-Col's silver is the first medal for North Korea in Rio. Kruaithong's bronze is Thailand's second medal. 

Arli Chontey of Kazakhstan and Le Quoc Toan Tran of Vietnam finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  

Women's 53 KG

PlaceLifterWeight
GoldHsu Shu-Ching (Chinese Tapei)212 kg
SilverHidilyn Diaz (Philippines)200 kg
BronzeYoon Jin Hee (South Korea)199 kg
4Rebeka Koha (Latvia)197 kg
5Rosane dos Reis Santos (Brazil)193 kg
NBCOlympics

Li Yajun looked destined for a gold medal after setting the Olympic record with her snatch lift. But after failing on each of her three attempts at the clean and jerk, Yajun will leave Rio empty-handed. 

Chinese Tapei's Hsu Shu-Ching took advantage of Yajun's falter, ascending from silver medal favorite all the way to gold Sunday. She finished with a total of 212kg, putting her well ahead of silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (200 kg) and Yoon Jin Hee (199 kg).

It's Chinese Tapei's first gold medal in Rio and the country's second overall medal. Diaz's silver was the first of these games for the Philippines, while Jin Hee added a fourth medal in an impressive showing for South Korea thus far.

Rebeka Koha of Latvia finished just 2 kg short of capturing a bronze medal.

Still, all involved have to feel blessed that Yajun failed in what looked like a record-setting pace. Her 101 kg lift in the snatch set an Olympic record but then she could not complete the clean-and-jerk on any of her three tries. 

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