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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: CHN Cao Lei
Silver: KAZ Alla Vazhenina
Bronze: RUS Nadezhda Yevstyukhina

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Cao Lei 24 China CHN Gold 282.0 128.0 154.0
2 Alla Vazhenina 25 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 266.0 119.0 147.0
3 Nadezhda Yevstyukhina 20 Russia RUS Bronze 264.0 117.0 147.0
4 Irina Kulesha 22 Belarus BLR 255.0 118.0 137.0
5 Lidia Valentín 23 Spain ESP 250.0 115.0 135.0
6 Damaris Gabriela Aguirre 31 Mexico MEX 245.0 109.0 136.0
7 Ubaldina Valoyes 26 Colombia COL 244.0 110.0 134.0
8 Jeane Lassen 27 Canada CAN 240.0 105.0 135.0
9 Nadiya Myronyuk 24 Ukraine UKR 237.0 105.0 132.0
10 Yuliya Novakovich 19 Belarus BLR 237.0 110.0 127.0
11 Hripsime Khurshudyan 21 Armenia ARM 235.0 105.0 130.0
12 Elizabeth Poblete 20 Chile CHI 197.0 91.0 106.0