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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: PRK Pak Hyon-Suk
Silver: KAZ Irina Nekrasova
Bronze: TPE Lu Ying-Chi

Summary

The favorite would have been China’s Liu Haixia, world record holder and reigning World Champion, but Olympic weightlifting rules limit nations to a maximum of four female lifters, so she was not included on the squad for Beijing. Russia’s Svetlana Tsarukayeva became the favorite by default, as the silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds, but she missed all three of her snatch attempts and was eliminated. So going down the list of medalists from 2007, that left the bronze medalist, North Korean Pak Hyon-Suk, who did come through for the gold medal, edging Kazakh Irina Nekrasova. Tsarukayeva would win the silver medal in this class at the 2012 Olympics. Pak’s gold medal was the first for North Korea in Beijing, and one of only two they won in 2008, and the first gold medal ever won in weightlifting for DPR Korea. Pak had finished sixth as a lightweight at the 2004 Olympics when she was only 16-years-old.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal S CJ K
1 Pak Hyon-Suk 23 North Korea PRK Gold 106.0 135.0 241.0
2 Irina Nekrasova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 110.0 130.0 240.0
3 Lu Ying-Chi 23 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze 104.0 127.0 231.0
4 Christine Girard 23 Canada CAN 102.0 126.0 228.0
5 Nguyễn Thị Thiết 23 Vietnam VIE 100.0 125.0 225.0
6 Kim Su-Gyeong 23 South Korea KOR 98.0 127.0 225.0
7 Ruth Kasirye 26 Norway NOR 103.0 121.0 224.0
8 Luz Acosta 27 Mexico MEX 103.0 120.0 223.0
9 Mercedes Pérez 20 Colombia COL 97.0 120.0 217.0
10 Namkhaidorjiin Bayarmaa 30 Mongolia MGL 90.0 123.0 213.0
11 Dominika Misterska-Zasowska 29 Poland POL 94.0 117.0 211.0
12 Natalie Woolfolk 24 United States USA 97.0 114.0 211.0
13 Solenny Villasmil 27 Venezuela VEN 90.0 115.0 205.0
14 Carissa Gump 24 United States USA 88.0 116.0 204.0
15 Michaela Breeze 29 Great Britain GBR 85.0 100.0 185.0
16 Hanene Orfelli 22 Tunisia TUN 80.0 95.0 175.0
17 María Teresa Monasterio 38 Bolivia BOL 63.0 78.0 141.0
AC Svetlana Tsarukayeva 20 Russia RUS NVL DNF
AC Leila Françoise Lassouani 31 Algeria ALG 85.0 NVL DNF