Chinese Women's Olympic Weightlifting
March 4, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
It’s a very specialized set of sports that the Chinese focus on but they simply kick absolute ass at them. ... If you look at the 2008 Olympic weightlifting results in Beijing... the women didn’t just squeak by to win a medal; most were simply so far ahead of their competition that it was a joke. In most cases, the Chinese women took their first attempt after everyone else had already finished lifting for the day. And they came out and just dispatched their weights in perfect form, setting new world records and winning medals with abandon.
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Chinese women won the gold medal in 4 of the 7 weight classes.
48 kg (105.8 lb): Chen Xiexia
- seen here setting a world record of 120 kg (264.5 lb), two and a half times her bodyweight, in the clean and jerk.
58 kg (127.8 lb): Chen Yanqing
- seen here setting a world record of 111 kg (244.7 lb) in the snatch. The price she paid is described in this
Wall Street Journal article.
69 kg (152.1 lb): Liu Chunhong
- who set world records in both the snatch and the clean and jerk.
75 kg (165.3 lb): Cao Lei
- who set Olympic records in both the snatch and the clean and jerk.