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.
|Silver:||Diego Fernando Salazar|
[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.
|2||Diego Fernando Salazar||27||Colombia||COL||Silver||138.0||167.0||305.0|
|6||Lázaro Maikel Ruíz||23||Cuba||CUB||132.0||162.0||294.0|
|9||Yang Sheng-Hsiung||25||Chinese Taipei||TPE||130.0||157.0||287.0|
|11||Manuel Minginfel||29||Federated States of Micronesia||FSM||120.0||155.0||275.0|
|AC||Ji Hun-Min||24||South Korea||KOR||142.0||NVL||DNF|
|AC||Im Yong-Su||28||North Korea||PRK||138.0||NVL||DNF|