Shi Zhiyong bags 69kg gold

Shi lifted 162kg in the snatch and 190 in the clean and jerk for a total of 352.

Shi Zhiyong competes in the men's 69kg category.   -  Getty Images

China earned its third weightlifting gold of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday as Shi Zhiyong won the the men's 69-kilogram category.

Shi lifted 162kg in the snatch and 190 in the clean and jerk for a total of 352, but failed on a world record attempt with his last lift, which would have meant a total of 360. After dropping that weight, he gave roars of disappointment before celebrating the win with his coach.

The silver medal went to Turkey's Daniyar Ismayilov, who used to represent Turkmenistan, with a total of 351, while Kyrgyzstan won only its fourth Olympic medal ever thanks to Izzat Artykov's 339.

Last year's world silver medallist Oleg Chen did not compete because Russia's team was banned for bringing weightlifting into disrepute with numerous doping cases.