Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Cao Lei, like most Chinese lifters entered, was the favorite, as she had won the 2006-07 World Championships. Cao won the gold medal comfortably, posting the best snatch and clean & jerk, and her total of 282.0 kg gave her a victory margin of 16 kg over Kazakh Alla Vazhenina. Cao’s mother had died shortly before the Beijing Olympics, but she was not told of this during training by her coaches, so as not to distract her.
Chile’s Elizabeth Poblete finished 12th and last, 85 kg behind Cao. In 2009 she was training and strained to complete a lift, only to suddenly deliver a baby boy. She had not been feeling well, but was not aware she was pregnant at the time. Unfortunately, the baby lived only a few days.
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