Date: Friday, June 09 @ 21:12:24 PDT
Topic: Albanian Sports

    Albanians rejoice at junior world weightlifting champion. Erkand Qerimaj won gold and silver at
    Erkand Qerimaj in Shkodra
    competition held in China
    . Hundreds of people waiving flags and flowers gave a hero’s welcome at Mother Teresa International Airport.

    Surprises and new medal winners in China

    In the showdown of the 69kg for men two countries captured their first medals in Junior World Championships: Erkand QERIMAJ of Albania won gold in the jerk, while Ricardo FLORES of Ecuador took silver. In the end, however, Chinese ZHONG Guoshun of China got the total gold.

    Zhong Guoshun shines in junior weightlifting worlds

    HANGZHOU, East China, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese novice Zhong Guoshun made a strong hit at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships as he breezily took the gold medal in the men's 69kg with a total of 316kg here on Tuesday.

    The 19-year-old Zhong met no challenge both in the snatch and jerk. Though Erkand Qerimaj of Albania took a risk by asking a barely-lifting 180kg to overcome Hog, but failed.

    Qerimaj, 18, conceded to the second place at 311kg while Kuanysh Pakhatov of Kazakstan took the bronze at 310kg.

    Zhong's coach Long Wangchun jumped onto the arena to hug Zhong tightly after the competition. "It was his first time to compete in the Junior Worlds. We had never expected he could win," Long said.

    "I like the atmosphere here which was totally different from the domestic competitions. This gold medal really gives me more confidence and I think I can work harder in the future," Zhong said. Enditem
Classiclady June 10, 2006

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