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.
Chinaâs [Xiang Yanmei] entered the womenâs 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 Armeniaâs [Nazik Avdalyan] and Great Britainâs [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 Egyptâs [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).
|10||Rebekah Tiler||17||Great Britain||GBR||227||68.59|
|14||Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou||28||Cameroon||CMR||187||68.08|
|AC||Florina Sorina Hulpan||19||Romania||ROU||67.52||DNF|