We’ll get to some of the great performances and disappointments of the Male side of the meet a little later, but for now let’s look at the female results and rightly give due credit to the girl’s who put up some awesome numbers and delivered an excellent sporting spectacle.
China has been the dominant force of women’s lifting and they took out 3 Golds here but Kazakstan also took out 3 Gold and North Korea showed that its female lifters are a force too with a single Gold medal.
Full results can be seen here.
My Tip: Yuan Tian. China
Result: Wang Minjuan China went 91/114 for a 205 total and easy victory. Wang was the 3rd best Chinese 48kg lifter just a year ago and it goes to show how the Chinese girls are way ahead here. Tian did not even get sent to London. One can only speculate on the selection difficulties and arguments and politics that go on with the Chinese team. They only get to send 4 women.
My Tip: Zulfiya Chinshanlo Kazakhstan
Result: Chinshanlo broke the C&J record with a 131kg effort and was dominant. Hsu was second, I believe I also had that. This was the beginning of a great run for Kazakhstan at this meet.
My Tip: Toss up between Natassa Novikava and Xueying Li
Result: Novikava could not get past here first C&J and finished 7th. Li took the Gold for China by 10kg and new Olympic records in the Snatch and Total.
My Tip: Maneza or Ouyang or Tsarukaeva, impossible to tip.
Result: Maiya Maneza from Kazakhstan had an easy job on the day, Ouyang was not entered and Tsarukaeva was well below her World Record performance from the World’s. Maneza won by 10kg. Australia’s Seen Lee finished 7th but 59kg off the pace.
My Tip: Oxana Slivenko Russia.
Result: I totally whiffed on this class. North Korea’s Jong Sim Rim edged Daniela Cocos from Romania whilst Slivenko was not even entered as a member of the Russian girls team.
My Tip: Svetlana Podobedova Kazakhstan.
Result: This was just as epic a battle as was hoped for. Podobedova moved to Kazakhstan because she feels that Natalya Zabolotnaya will edge her out of the Russian team. Zabolotnaya sets the Olympic record in London in the Snatch then Podobedova hits back with an Olympic record in the C&J. Each lifter finished with a 291kg total, Podobedova wins with lighter bodyweight, all on the last lift. Classic contest!
My Tip: Classic 3 way battle between the Record Holders of the Snatch, C&J and Total.
Result: Only disappointment was that Jan Mi-Ran was not in good shape to defend her Olympic title and finished 4th. Tatiana Kashirina set a new Snatch world record with 151kg, China’s Lulu Zhou hit back with a Olympic Record in the C&J with 187kg and new Total World Record to win by 1kg.