Powerful Miyake takes bronze in weightlifting

Kyodo, AP

Weightlifter Hiromi Miyake earned a medal for the second successive Olympics on Saturday as she captured bronze in the women’s 48-kg event at the Rio Games.

The 30-year-old Miyake, the silver medalist in London four years ago, lifted a total of 188 kg for third place behind Thailand’s Sopita Tanasan and Sri Wahyuni Agustiani of Indonesia.

Tanasan lifted 200 kg for the gold, while Agustiani took silver with 192 kg.

Miyake, whose father won bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Games, hoisted 81 on her third snatch attempt and 107 in the clean and jerk on her third effort.

“I thought if I messed up on the jerk at the end I would not be able to go back to Japan, so I lifted with focus,” said Miyake.

“I am older than I was at the last Olympics so the medal holds more importance. The color of the medal might be bronze but it is the most pleasing.”

Miyake finished ninth in her Olympic debut at the 2004 Athens Games and sixth in Beijing in 2008 before capturing the silver in London.

“I have been to four Olympic Games and this time it was very tough for me. But I did not want to give up,” she said.

In a last-ditch bid to snatch the gold, Agustiani twice tried to lift 115 kg to overtake Tanasan. She failed on the first try and Tanasan celebrated by hugging her coaches in the green room.

“I didn’t know what to think,” Tanasan said. “I didn’t think she would be able to lift it.”

Agustiani was able to lift the bar on her second attempt and her coaches screamed in celebration, but she couldn’t jerk the weight. She said she’s lifted 118 kg before in practice and thought she’d maybe pull it off for the gold.

“It just wasn’t meant to be,” she said.