India earned two quota places for the London Olympics, one competitor each in the men's and women's sections, as the Asian weightlifting championships concluded at Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Monday.

India finished fifth in the men's team standings with 134 points and fourth in the women's section with 93 points to earn the quota places.

The top seven nations in the men's and the top six in the women's section gained one quota each for the London Games.

The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) stated on Monday that the selection of the lifters for the Olympics would be done later.

The Indian qualification came on expected lines.

Barring a bronze earned by Soniya Chanu in the women's 48kg category snatch, there was no medal for India in the championships.

Soniya, who was sixth in the World Championships in Paris last year with 171kg, once again had the best place finish among the Indian women, taking the overall fourth position in the 48kg category with a total of 175kg (snatch 75kg, clean and jerk 100kg).

She could, however, earn only 23 points towards the team's tally, as the third-placed contestant among non-qualified nations.

Two Uzbek lifters, who did not figure in the World championships, finished ahead of her for the silver and bronze, with totals of 178kg and 177kg respectively. Chinese Huang Yuezhen (200kg) won the title.

Those countries that had gained qualification slots through the combined points tally from the 2010 and 2011 World championships were not eligible for any more quota from the Asian meet.

The best points collection for the Indian women's team came from Laishram Monika Devi in the 69kg category.

The Manipur woman, the lone Indian entry in the Beijing Games weightlifting competition and who was stopped from proceeding at the last moment because of an anti-doping rule violation four years ago, came sixth (98, 117, 215kg).

But she managed the first position among non-qualifiers, contributing 28 points to the team's tally. Monika, who was 22nd in the 2011 World championships, improved upon her total in Paris (212kg).

India earned its women's team points from the 48kg (two lifters), 53kg and 69kg sections, while in the men's section it compiled its tally from all except 85kg and 105kg divisions.

Among men, Katulu Ravi Kumar, in the 69kg class, was the best, coming sixth overall (141, 170, 311kg), and first among non-qualifiers, thus gathering 28 points.

The selection committee will meet shortly to pick the two lifters who will take part in the July 27-August 12 London Olympics.

The Indian results (with overall positions in parenthesis): Men: 56kg: Ranjit Chinchwade (10), 105, 135, 240kg. 62kg: Rustam Sarang (10) 116, 145, 261kg. 69kg: K. Ravi Kumar (6) 141, 170, 311kg. 77kg: Satish Kumar Sivalingam (8) 139, 165, 304kg. 85kg: Jasvant Singh (19) 135, 160, 295kg. 94kg: Chandrakant Mali (9) 147, 187, 334kg. 105kg: Christopher Abhilash Victor (5) 145, 178, 323kg. Above-105kg: Himanshu Kumar (10) 146, 175, 301kg.

Women: 48kg: Soniya Chanu (4) 75, 100, 175kg; Sanjita Chanu (11) 71, 91, 162kg. 53kg: Tikina Gopal (10), 76, 95, 171kg. 58kg: Minati Sethi (10) 76, 100, 176kg. 63kg: Rajwant Kaur (10) 72, 103, 175kg. 69kg: Monika Devi (6) 98, 117, 215kg.

Points tally for Olympic qualification: Men:  1. Japan (148), 2. Chinese Taipei (147), 3. Vietnam (139), 4. Kyrgyzstan (138), 5. India (134), 6. Saudi Arabia (129), 7. Syria (116).

Women: 1. Uzbekistan (99); 2. Syria (94); 3. Indonesia (94); 4. India (93); 5. UAE (92); 6. Malaysia (91).

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