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Japanese Olympic weightlifter Hiromi Miyake set three national records Sunday on her way to a silver-medal finish in the women’s 48-kilogram class at the East Asian Games.

Miyake hoisted 81 kg in the snatch, 110 kg in the lean and jerk for a total of 191 kg — all national marks — in finishing runnerup to China’s Yang Lian, who won the gold with 207 kg in total.

“It’ll take some time to catch up with Chinese lifters but this result is a confidence boost for me because I lifted 20 more kilograms than I did one year ago,” said Miyake, who usually competes in the 53-kg category.

“I decided to take part in the 48-kg class this time two days ago because I needed to lose just one kilogram,” she added.

Earlier, Erika Kojima won silver in the women’s nanquan of wushu for Japan’s first medal in the nine-day Games that began Saturday. Kojima earned 9.62 points, 0.13 points behind winner Huang Yanhui of Macao.

In other action, diver Ken Terauchi took bronze in the men’s 3-meter springboard and the Japanese crew finished third in the men’s 500-meter dragon boat final.

Elsewhere, Japan advanced to the finals in both the men’s and women’s soft tennis team tournaments while its women’s hockey team beat South Korea 2-1 in the preliminary round. But the Japanese women’s basketball team lost 73-72 to China in the group stage.

On the sidelines of the competition, top sports officials from North and South Koreas agreed to continue efforts toward forming a unified Korea team for the Asian Games to be staged in Doha in December 2006.

Representatives from the two Koreas will hold the first round of working-level negotiations in Macao for three days from Monday trying to iron out a final agreement by the end of this year on sending a unified delegation to the Qatari capital.

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