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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

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 19, 2000
Date Finished: September 19, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Chen Xiaomin
Silver: RUS Valentina Popova
Bronze: GRE Ioanna Khatziioannou


[Chen Xiaomin] (CHN) had been World Champion in 1993, 1995, and 1996, but was then disqualified for doping in 1997 and sat out two years. She returned at Sydney and moved up in class to middleweight, which was enough to scare off most of the competition, as only nine women entered the division. Chen opened with a world record of 112.5 kg in the snatch and won the gold medal easily over Russian [Valentina Popova], with Greece’s [Ioanna Khatziioannou] taking the bronze medal.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Chen Xiaomin 23 China CHN Gold 242.5 WR
2 Valentina Popova 27 Russia RUS Silver 235.0
3 Ioanna Khatziioannou 26 Greece GRE Bronze 222.5
4 Saipin Dejsaeng 23 Thailand THA 222.5
5 Kim Yong-Ok 24 North Korea PRK 205.0
6 Amanda Phillips 19 Australia AUS 190.0
7 Josefa Pérez 23 Spain ESP 187.5
8 Nora Köppel 28 Argentina ARG 182.5
9 Kesaia Tawai 20 Fiji FIJ 165.0