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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 2000 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: COL María Isabel Urrutia
Silver: NGR Ruth Ogbeifo
Bronze: TPE Kuo Yi-Hang


Colombian [María Isabel Urrutia] had competed at the 1988 Olympics in athletics as a weight thrower. She entered the shot put and discus throw but not make the final in either event, although during her career she won 10 gold medals in the South American and Bolivarian Games. Urrutia later turned to weightlifting, winning eight World Championship medals before the Sydney Olympics, including golds in 1990 and 1994, although she had competed as a super-heavyweight in 1998-99. In Sydney there was a three-way tie for first on total with Urrutia, Nigeria’s [Ruth Ogbeifo], and Chinese Taipei’s [Kuo Yi-Hang] all lifting 245.0 kg. Urrutia weighed 73.28 kg to give her the gold medal, while Ogbeifo weighed 74.20 kg, which brought her silver over Kuo, who weighed 74.52 kg.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 María Isabel Urrutia 35 Colombia COL Gold 245.0 OR
2 Ruth Ogbeifo 28 Nigeria NGR Silver 245.0 OR
3 Kuo Yi-Hang 25 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze 245.0 OR
4 Kim Sun-Hui 23 South Korea KOR 240.0
5 Gyöngyi Likerecz 17 Hungary HUN 227.5
6 Svetlana Khabirova 22 Russia RUS 227.5
7 Cara Heads-Lane 23 United States USA 222.5
8 Wanda Rijo 20 Dominican Republic DOM 215.0
9 Mónica Carrió 23 Spain ESP 205.0
AC Tatyana Khromova 20 Kazakhstan KAZ [110.0] DNF
AC Karoliina Lundahl 32 Finland FIN DNF