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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 11, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Zhang Xiangxiang
Silver: COL Diego Fernando Salazar
Bronze: INA  Triyatno

Summary

Zhang Xiangxiang of China had won a bantamweight silver medal in 2004 at Athinai when he was only 17-years-old. In 2006 he won the World Junior Championship, but then injured his back. The treatment for that injury almost killed him, as a pain injection injured his spinal cord, paralyzing his respiratory system, and he lapsed into a coma. However, Zhang recovered and qualified for the 2008 Olympics after the 2005-06 World Champion, Qiu Le, was injured at the 2007 Worlds. Zhang won the gold medal in Beijing easily, posting the best lift in both snatch and clean & jerk, and winning by 14 kg over Colombian Diego Fernando Salazar. Salazar had been bronze medalist in the class at the 2006 World Championships and was a two-time Pan American Games Champion (2003/07). His medal was the first ever in Olympic weightlifting by a Colombian man, although Colombia had women win medals in both 2000 and 2004. The bronze medal in Beijing went to Indonesian [Triyatno] (his only name), who also won a bronze medal as a lightweight at the 2012 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal S CJ K
1 Zhang Xiangxiang 25 China CHN Gold 143.0 176.0 319.0
2 Diego Fernando Salazar 27 Colombia COL Silver 138.0 167.0 305.0
3 Triyatno 20 Indonesia INA Bronze 135.0 163.0 298.0
4 Antoniu Buci 18 Romania ROU 130.0 165.0 295.0
5 Phaisan Hansawong 18 Thailand THA 132.0 162.0 294.0
6 Lázaro Maikel Ruíz 23 Cuba CUB 132.0 162.0 294.0
7 Tolkunbek Hudaýbergenow 22 Turkmenistan TKM 126.0 162.0 288.0
8 Mohamed Abdultwab 21 Egypt EGY 129.0 159.0 288.0
9 Yang Sheng-Hsiung 25 Chinese Taipei TPE 130.0 157.0 287.0
10 Gennady Makhveyenya 24 Belarus BLR 128.0 150.0 278.0
11 Manuel Minginfel 29 Federated States of Micronesia FSM 120.0 155.0 275.0
12 Jasvir Singh 31 Canada CAN 115.0 151.0 266.0
AC Sərdar Həsənov 23 Azerbaijan AZE 128.0 NVL DNF
AC Ji Hun-Min 24 South Korea KOR 142.0 NVL DNF
AC Im Yong-Su 28 North Korea PRK 138.0 NVL DNF
AC Óscar Figueroa 25 Colombia COL NVL DNF
AC Ümürbek Bazarbaýew 26 Turkmenistan TKM 133.0 NVL DNF