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Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Light-Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 2, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 10, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Xiang Yanmei
Silver: KAZ Zhazira Zhapparkul
Bronze: EGY Sara Samir


China’s [Xiang Yanmei] entered the women’s light-heavyweight tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics as the favorite, having won the 2013 and 2015 World Championships. Doping concerns helped leave [Zhazira Zhapparkul] of Kazakhstan, the 2014 and 2015 runner-up, as the only other recent World Championship medalist in Rio, while Armenia’s [Nazik Avdalyan] and Great Britain’s [Rebekah Tiler], first and third respectively in 2016, were the only recent European medalists.

Xiang and Zhapparkul posted the best results in the snatch portion, with 116 and 115 kg respectively, while Egypt’s [Sara Samir], the reigning African and Arab champion, positioned herself in third with a lift of 112 kg. In the clean and jerk, Xiang lifted 145 kg in her second round and, although she failed to lift 147 kg in her third try, Zhapparkul, who had struggled to post 140 kg, did not attempt to catch up. This assured Xiang the gold medal and Zhapparkul, who successfully lifted 144 kg, secured silver. Samir had lifted 143 kg, which would have given her silver had Zhapparkul failed at 144 kg, but instead she settled for bronze. This made Samir the first Egyptian woman to receive an Olympic medal ([Abir Abdulrahman] may retroactively receive silver from the heavyweight weightlifting division at the 2012 Summer Olympics after the three medalists from that event were all disqualified for doping concerns) and the first Egyptian to win an Olympic weightlifting medal since 1948 (with the same caveat as above).

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Weight BW
1 Xiang Yanmei 24 China CHN Gold 261 68.78
2 Zhazira Zhapparkul 22 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 259 69.00
3 Sara Samir 18 Egypt EGY Bronze 255 68.00
4 Leydi Solís 26 Colombia COL 253 68.61
5 Nazik Avdalyan 29 Armenia ARM 242 68.55
6 Darya Pochobut 21 Belarus BLR 237 66.88
7 Neisi Dajomes 18 Ecuador ECU 237 68.83
8 Mönkhjantsangiin Ankhtsetseg 18 Mongolia MGL 237 68.97
9 Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau 27 Canada CAN 228 68.81
10 Rebekah Tiler 17 Great Britain GBR 227 68.59
11 Apolonia Vaivai 25 Fiji FIJ 201 68.88
12 Duygu Aynacı 20 Turkey TUR 200 68.83
13 Gülnabat Kadyrowa 22 Turkmenistan TKM 195 68.73
14 Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou 28 Cameroon CMR 187 68.08
AC Anastasiya Mikhalenko 20 Belarus BLR 67.23 DNF
AC Florina Sorina Hulpan 19 Romania ROU 67.52 DNF
AC Patrycja Piechowiak 23 Poland POL 68.32 DNF