Weightlifter wins China's first Olympic gold
Chen Xiexia became China’s first gold medallist and broke an Olympic record on Day 1 of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Chen, 25, lifted 117kg in the clean and jerk, which, combined with her 95kg lift in the snatch, made her the Olympic record holder in the women’s 48kg class, with 212kg in total. She’s also the 2007 world champion and holds the world record in the clean and jerk.
Taking silver was Turkey’s Ozkan Sibel, who lifted 199kg total (88kg in the snatch and 111kg in the clean and jerk). Sibel, 20, is still of junior age.
In third place was Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wei-Ling, 26, who lifted 196kg total (84kg in the snatch and 112 in the clean and jerk).
Canada’s Marilou Dozois-Prévost placed 10th, lifting 166kg in total (76kg in the snatch and 90kg in the clean and jerk).
Before the Montreal native’s final attempt in the clean and jerk, she carefully wrapped her knee. Following her lift, the 5’2", 105-pound athlete appeared to wince in pain and was attended to by team trainers.
Her best result going into Beijing was 169kg total. At the Canadian Olympic trials she lifted 75kg in the snatch and 93kg in the clean and jerk. Before the competition, CBC analyst Aldo Roy predicted a top 10 finish.
The 2004 champion in the event, Nurcan Taylan of Turkey, did not finish. After failing to complete her final attempt, she bent down and kissed the weight before leaving the stage.