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DOHA, Qatar -- Mu Shuangshuang set a new world record in the snatch for the women's 75kg and plus superheavyweight category as China continued their domination of the weightlifting at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

Mu, who tips the scales at more that 132 kg lifted 139kg to add 1kg to the previous record set by South Korean Jang Mi Ran in May this year.

It was China's 10th gold from 13 weightlifting events at the Games.

Arch-rival Jang, who beat Mu to two world golds on her inferior bodyweights after the duo posted identical totals, had failed in her attempt to break her own record just minutes before Mu's successful effort.

The snatch result gave the 22-year-old double world silver medallist a vital 4kg lead going into a nail-biting clean and jerk that entralled the raucous crowd at the Al-Dana auditorium.

Jang immediately upped the ante in the second discipline, effectively cancelling out Mu's lead with a first lift of 171kg, compared to the Chinese's 167kg.

But Mu nailed 174kg, and 178kg in her third and last attempt, to leave Jang with to attempt a world record-equaling clean and jerk of 182kg for victory.

The South Korean managed the clean with ease but failed on the jerk movement and the bar tumbled behind her back.

Yang Wei grabbed his eighth gold to join Li Ning as the most successful gymnast in Asian Games history as the Qatari capital continued to ring to the sound of the Chinese national anthem.

"March of the Volunteers" was played 15 times on day five in Doha and China increased their golden haul to 76, more than half their tally from Pusan 2002 with two-thirds of the Games still remaining.

Yang, taking part in his third Games, shared gold with South Korea's Kim Dae-eun in the parallel bars to match the mark set by compatriot Li, China's "Athlete of the 20th Century".

The medal, Yang's fourth of these Games, was also a record-equalling 11th overall, although Li won one more silver.

"It's finally over," Yang told China's Xinhua news agency. "Now I just want to have a good sleep. A holiday is even better."

Zhang Nan overcame an unsteady routine to take gold in the women's beam final, claiming an historic 100th gold medal in artistic gymnastics for China at the Games.

Shooting stars

Gan Lin ran away with his second gold medal as China maintained their awesome showing in the Asian Games shooting, adding five more titles to their already impressive collection.

Gan, 23, annexed the 10 meter running target mixed title for his second victory in the running target division in Doha.

Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Ibrayev took silver after helping his nation claim the team gold medal as a confident China failed to field a team in the event.

Hosts Qatar took a silver in the team event, their fourth medal from the range, while Vietnam were third.

Liu Zhongsheng upstaged his more illustrious teammates to bag a double gold for China in the men's rapid fire pistol double.

He partnered world champion Zhang Penghui and 2002 winner Liu Guohui to the team title ahead of Japan and Kazakhstan.

The Chinese trio finished in that order in the individual competition, but India's fourth-placed Vijay Kumar was awarded the bronze medal ahead of Liu as rules prevent a sweep by one country.

Wang Chengyi exacted sweet revenge from her experienced Kazakh rival Olga Dovgun to clinch a golden double for China in the women's rifle three-position event.

The 23-year-old Athens Olympic bronze medalist trailed Dovgun by a point entering the final but produced a superb 10-shot sequence to add another gold to the team title she won with Liu Bo and Wu Liuxi.

"I was ready mentally to do the best," Wang said.

Dovgun, who upstaged Wang for the rifle prone gold medal, claimed silver after helping Kazakhstan to the team bronze behind South Korea.

It was Dovgun's fifth medal in Doha, taking her personal Asian Games tally to 10. Husband Vitaliy boosted the family haul with another three after claiming bronze in the rifle prone event.


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Mu sets a new world record in the snatch on the way to Asian Games gold in Doha.

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