China wins weightlifting gold medals

PARIS -- China won two gold medals in weightlifting Saturday on the opening day of the world championships, while seven countries were barred from competing because they failed to follow drug-testing procedures.

Wu Jingbiao captured the men's 123-pound division and Tian Yuan was first in the women's 106-pound division.

Bulgaria, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka were not allowed to participate because they did not submit information on the whereabouts of their lifters for drug testing.

Wu retained his world title by lifting 293 pounds in the snatch and 351 in the clean and jerk for a combined 644 pounds. China's Zhao Chaojun won the silver medal with a 626 total. Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan took the bronze at 608.

Tian snatched 198 pounds and clean and jerked 258 for a winning combined total of 456. Panida Khamsri of Thailand finished second at 412 and Nurdan Karagoz of Turkey was third at 403.

Nurcan Taylan, last year's 106-pound champion, was Turkey's biggest hope for a gold medal but she withdrew on Friday because of a knee injury.