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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Featherweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 10, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: THA Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon
Silver: KOR Yoon Jin-Hee
Bronze: BLR Anastasiya Novikova

Summary

Thailand’s Junpim Kuntatean had won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships and at the 2006 Asian Games. She then visited a fortune teller who told her she could win an Olympic gold medal if she would change her name. Unfortunately for the world’s media, she chose the name Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon, which meant “Good Girl Prosperous” in Thai. In Beijing she tied for the lead in the snatch with Belarussian Anastasiya Novikova, but Jaroenrattanatarakoon won the gold medal with her first clean & jerk of 120.0 kg, but then lifted 126.0 kg. Novikova lost the silver medal to Korean Yoon Jin-Hee based on lower bodyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon 24 Thailand THA Gold 221.0 95.0 126.0
2 Yoon Jin-Hee 22 South Korea KOR Silver 213.0 94.0 119.0
3 Anastasiya Novikova 26 Belarus BLR Bronze 213.0 95.0 118.0
4 Raema Lisa Rumbewas 27 Indonesia INA 206.0 91.0 115.0
5 Yudelquis Contreras 22 Dominican Republic DOM 204.0 93.0 111.0
6 Melanie Roach 33 United States USA 193.0 83.0 110.0
7 Julia Rohde 19 Germany GER 185.0 82.0 103.0
8 Dika Toua 24 Papua New Guinea PNG 184.0 80.0 104.0
9 Judith Chacón 22 Venezuela VEN 181.0 80.0 101.0