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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: KOR Jang Mi-Ran
Silver: UKR Olha Korobka
Bronze: KAZ Mariya Grabovetskaya

Summary

Korea’s Jang Mi-Ran was the silver medalist in 2004 but had since won the last three World Championships. At each World meet, she had been tied on total by China’s Mu Shuangshuang, but won on lower bodyweight. Because they could only enter four female lifters in 2008, China elected not to add Mu to the Beijing squad, which left Jang as the overwhelming favorite. She confirmed that by lifting world records in the snatch (140.0 kg) and clean & jerk (186.0 kg) for a world record total of 326.0 kg, and a stunning victory margin of 49 kg over Ukrainian Olha Korobka. Jang continued to compete, winning the 2009 World Championships, and a bronze medal at the 2010 Worlds. She competed at the 2012 Olympics in London, placing fourth with a total of 289.0 kg, fully 37 kg less than she lifted in 2008. Korobka weighed 166.97 kg in Beijing, the heaviest female to ever compete at the Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Jang Mi-Ran 24 South Korea KOR Gold 326.0 140.0 186.0
2 Olha Korobka 22 Ukraine UKR Silver 277.0 124.0 153.0
3 Mariya Grabovetskaya 21 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 270.0 120.0 150.0
4 Ele Opeloge 23 Samoa SAM 269.0 119.0 150.0
5 Mariam Usman 17 Nigeria NGR 265.0 115.0 150.0
6 Cheryl Haworth 25 United States USA 259.0 115.0 144.0
7 Yuliya Dovgal 25 Ukraine UKR 258.0 118.0 140.0
8 Deborah Lovely 25 Australia AUS 248.0 113.0 135.0
9 Victoria Mavridou 17 Greece GRE 231.0 105.0 126.0
10 Cristina Cornejo 23 Peru PER 225.0 97.0 128.0
AC Eva Dimas 35 El Salvador ESA 105.0 NVL DNF