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.
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