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Weightlifting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 20, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: THA Pawina Thongsuk
Silver: RUS Nataliya Zabolotnaya
Bronze: RUS Valentina Popova

Summary

China’s Zhang Shichun would have been the favorite. She held the world record and initially won the 2003 World Championships, but she was caught doping, stripped of her records and 2003 title, and banned for two years. Two other contenders were Thailand’s Pawina Thongsuk and Russian Valentina Popova. Thongsuk was the 2002 World Champion as a light-heavyweight, while Popova won a silver medal at the 2002 Worlds behind Thongsuk, had won bronze in light-heavy at the 2001 Worlds, and a silver medal as a middleweight at the 2000 Olympics.

The leader after the snatch was Popova’s teammate Nataliya Zabolotnaya with 125.0 kg, followed by Thongsuk and then Popova. Thongsuk then had the best clean & jerk with 150.0 kg, moving her into a tie with Zabolotnaya at a world record total of 272.5 kg, while Popova had to settle for the bronze medal. Thongsuk won the gold medal as she was much lighter than Zabolotnaya, weighing only 69.29 to 74.09 kg.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Pawina Thongsuk 25 Thailand THA Gold 272.5 WR
2 Nataliya Zabolotnaya 18 Russia RUS Silver 272.5 WR
3 Valentina Popova 31 Russia RUS Bronze 265.0
4 Gyöngyi Likerecz 21 Hungary HUN 257.5
5 Khristina Ioannidi 22 Greece GRE 255.0
6 Tatyana Khromova 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 252.5
7 Kim Sun-Hui 27 South Korea KOR 250.0
8 Tulia Ángela Medina 21 Colombia COL 245.0
9 Nora Köppel 32 Argentina ARG 237.5
10 Wanda Rijo 24 Dominican Republic DOM 237.5
11 Eva Dimas 31 El Salvador ESA 230.0
12 Damaris Gabriela Aguirre 27 Mexico MEX 222.5
13 Deborah Lovely 21 Australia AUS 207.5
14 Marie Jesika Dalou 25 Mauritius MRI 130.0
AC Nahla Ramadan 19 Egypt EGY DNF
AC Huang Shih-Chun 28 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF