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Silver medalilst Darya Naumava of Belarus (L-R), gold medalist Rim Jong Sim of North Korea, and bronze medalist Lidia Valentin Perez of Spain stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the the women's 75kg category Group A Final competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12 August 2016.
Photograph: EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

North Korean weightlifter Rim Jong Sim secured the first gold medal for North Korea at the Summer Olympics when she won in the 75-kilogramme class on Friday.

"I was really overwhelmed with happiness that I won this gold medal so I can send this honour to my leader," she said, referring North Korean Communist leader Kim Jong Un.

Rim repeated her gold performance from the 2012 London Games, where she competed in the 69-kilogramme class.

The North Korean athlete snatched 121 kilograms and managed 153kg in the clean and jerk, for a winning total of 274kg.

Bulgaria's Darya Naumava lifted 258kg for silver, 1kg ahead of Spanish bronze medallist Lidia Valentin Perez.

"I could have done better," Rim said about her 16kg-lead.

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