Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
[Cao Lei], like most Chinese lifters entered, was the favorite, as she had won the 2006-07 World Championships. Cao won the gold medal comfortably, posting the best snatch and clean & jerk, and her total of 282.0 kg gave her a victory margin of 16 kg over Kazakh [Alla Vazhenina]. Cao’s mother had died shortly before the Beijing Olympics, but she was not told of this during training by her coaches, so as not to distract her.
Chile’s [Elizabeth Poblete] finished 12th and last, 85 kg behind Cao. In 2009 she was training and strained to complete a lift, only to suddenly deliver a baby boy. She had not been feeling well, but was not aware she was pregnant at the time. Unfortunately, the baby lived only a few days.
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