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Women's Lightweight

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 18, 2000
Date Finished: September 18, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: MEX Soraya Jiménez
Silver: PRK Ri Song-Hui
Bronze: THA Khassaraporn Suta


China’s [Chen Yanqing], the 1999 World Champion, would have been favored but the Chinese elected not to enter her, because of the rule limiting nations to entering lifters in no more than four female classes. This made the favorite North Korean [Ri Song-Hui], who was runner-up at the 1997 and 1999 Worlds. Ri took the lead after the snatch with 97.5 kg followed by Mexican [Soraya Jiménez] with 95.0 kg. On Ri’s second attempt in the clean & jerk she came out late and when she was about to start her lift, her time ran out and it was declared a no-lift. The North Korean officials protested, to no one’s surprise, but it was denied by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). After Ri lifted 122.5 kg on her third attempt, Jiménez then hoisted 127.5 kg for a total of 222.5 kg, to win the gold medal. [Khassaraporn Suta] won the bronze medal, the first Olympic medal ever won by a Thai woman.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Soraya Jiménez 23 Mexico MEX Gold 222.5 OR
2 Ri Song-Hui 21 North Korea PRK Silver 220.0
3 Khassaraporn Suta 28 Thailand THA Bronze 210.0
4 Maryse Turcotte 25 Canada CAN 205.0
5 Aleksandra Klejnowska 17 Poland POL 202.5
6 Khin Moe Nwe 27 Myanmar MYA 200.0
7 Nataliya Skakun 19 Ukraine UKR 197.5
8 Anna Batyushko 18 Belarus BLR 197.5
9 Dagmar Daneková 22 Slovakia SVK 187.5
10 Natasha Barker 29 Australia AUS 180.0
11 Ingeborg Marx 30 Belgium BEL 177.5
12 Meagan Warthold 28 Australia AUS 175.0
13 Sophia Vandagne 20 Seychelles SEY 160.0
14 Leila Françoise Lassouani 23 Algeria ALG 142.5
15 Melissa Lynn Fejeran 24 Guam GUM 132.5
AC Evelyn Ebhomien 19 Nigeria NGR [92.5] DNF
AC Yuriko Takahashi 27 Japan JPN [85.0] DNF