North Korean Om Yun Chol breaks weightlifting world record

North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol breaks his own world record at the Asian Games in South Korea.

North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol has broken his own world record in the clean and jerk at the Asian Games in South Korea.

Gold medalist Om Yun-Chol of North Korea attempts a lift in the men's 56kg weightlifting event during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on September 20, 2014© Getty Images

Olympic champion Om lifted 170kg in the men's 56kg class to beat his record by 1kg and claim his country's first gold medal at the games.

After his record-breaking lift, Om told reporters: "I wanted to break the record, so I worked hard to bring success to [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un."

Om, the 2013 world champion, is now one of only five lifters in weightlifting history to lift more than three times his own weight.

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