Ahn Tuan Hoang /VIE/ finished his preparation in Bulgaria and in in excellent shape. The Vietnamese knows very well this hall as he won the men’s 56kg category gold medal at the “Good Luck” Beijing 2008 International Weightlifting Invitational Tournament in January.
Hoang, silver medalist at the Doha Asian Games, was crowned with the gold for a two-lift total of 278 kg. Chinese lifter Lu Jinbi followed, with a total of 271kg, and Cuba’s Serigo Alvarez got the bronze medal with the same weight of 271kg, though he is 0.05kg heavier than Lu.
Moved to tears when Vietnam’s national anthem resounded at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) Gymnasium, gold medalist Hoang said he was one of the best hopefuls for his country to win the gold in the Beijing Olympics.
/Vietnam bagged home its first-ever Olympic medal with woman athlete Tran Hieu Ngan taking a taekwondo silver medal at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000./
Irawan of Indonesia belong to the new generation /19/. This year Asian championships he competed in 62 kg category, totalling 305 kg with 60 kg bodyweight. If he maintain his strength in this lower category he can be the surprise of the night.