Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 14, 2004
Date Finished: August 14, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
China’s Wang Mingjuan was the 2002-03 World Champion and the world record holder but she was bypassed for the 2004 team by [Li Zhao], who immediately became the favorite. However, the lead after the snatch was taken by Turkey’s [Nurcan Taylan], the 2004 European Champion, who broke the world record with a lift of 95.0 kg, followed by another world record of 97.5 kg. When Taylan cleaned & jerked 112.5 kg, Li was forced to try 120.0 kg in the clean & jerk but missed badly on two attempts, giving the gold medal to Taylan. Taylan became the first Turkish woman to win a gold medal, which brought her a $273,000 reward from the state and a phone call from the Turkish President. Fourth-place was initially given to Myanmar’s [Nan Aye Khine] but she ran afoul of the doping tests.
|4||Namecrakpam Kunjarani Devi||36||India||IND||190.0|
|6||Chen Han-Tung||23||Chinese Taipei||TPE||182.5|
|8||Choe Un-Sim||22||North Korea||PRK||177.5|
|10||Tara Nott-Cunningham||32||United States||USA||172.5|
|11||Chen Wei-Ling||22||Chinese Taipei||TPE||170.0|
|AC||Nan Aye Khine||27||Myanmar||MYA||[190.0]||DQ|