China Scores Another Weightlifting Gold As Xiang Yanmei Wins 69kg Class

After an inconsistent start with two bomb-outs, China’s weightlifters continued a dominant stretch of wins when Xiang Yanmei won gold in the women’s 69kg category.

Yanmei’s total of 261kg is actually 1kg below teammate Deng Wei’s winning total in the lighter 63kg category. Wei’s total in that category was a world record.

The final women’s 69kg podium is below:

1. Xiang Yanmei (China)
2. Zhazira Zhapparkul (Kazakhstan)
3. Sara Ahmed (Egypt)

Yanmei missed her last snatch and dropped the 118kg barbell on the back of her head, though she appeared unscathed after the missed attempt.

Zhapparkul won silver at both the 2014 and 2015 World Weightlifting Championships. This year marks her first appearance in Olympic competitoin.

Ahmed gave one of the sessions’ most impressive all around performances, making 6 out of 6 lifts and securing bronze. Amhed is only 18 years old and appears to still be gaining strength with years of prime weightlifting ahead of her.

Leidy Yessenia Solis Arboleda (Colombia) finished in 4th place overall.

Featured image: @IWFnet on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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