Host City: Beijing, China
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Participants: 253 (166 men and 87 women) from 84 countries
Youngest Participant: Abir Abdulrahman (16 years, 62 days)
Oldest Participant: Maamaloa Lolohea (40 years, 85 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 45 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): China (9 medals)
There was no change in the weightlifting program for the 2008 Olympics, with eight men's classes and seven for women, all at the same weight limits as in 2000 and 2004. The events were held at the [Beijing Hangkong Hangtian Daxue Tiyuguan], or the Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, also called the Beihang University Gymnasium. It was built in 2001 on the campus of Beihang University and seated 5,400 people for the 2008 weightlifting competition.
China led the men's and women's medal lists, with five medals and four golds in the men's events, and four gold medals, and four medals overall, by the women. On the men's side Russia won four medals but no golds, while among the women, Russia and Kazakhstan both won two silvers and one bronze medal. China, with eight gold medals in all, was the only nation to win more than one event, counting both genders.