South Korea's Sa wins weightlifting gold

Aug. 13, 2008, 10:40 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Sa Jae-hyouk of South Korea stopped China's gold rush in weightlifting by edging home crowd favorite Li Hongli to win the men's 77-kilogram division.

Sa and Li both lifted a total of 366 kg (806.9 pounds), but Sa got the win because of a lower body weight. Armenia's Gevorg Davtyan took the bronze, totaling 360 kg (793.7 pounds) in the two events.

China had previously won all six of the weight categories it had participated in.

Sa was 3 kg (6.6 pounds) behind Li after lifting 163 kg (359.4 pounds) in the snatch, but stunned the Chinese crowd by heaving 203 kg (447.5 pounds) in his second clean and jerk.

It was South Korea's first gold in the weightlifting competition.