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.
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.
|1||Pak Hyon-Suk||23||North Korea||PRK||Gold||106.0||135.0||241.0|
|3||Lu Ying-Chi||23||Chinese Taipei||TPE||Bronze||104.0||127.0||231.0|
|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|
|12||Natalie Woolfolk||24||United States||USA||97.0||114.0||211.0|
|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|
|17||María Teresa Monasterio||38||Bolivia||BOL||63.0||78.0||141.0|
|AC||Leila Françoise Lassouani||31||Algeria||ALG||85.0||NVL||DNF|