The first medals of the weightlifting competitions at the Rio Olympics were handed out Saturday night, with the women’s 48kg division being contested at the Riocentro Pavilion 2. In the end it was Thailand’s Sopita Tanasan at the head of the class, with her combined weight of 200kg in snatch and clean and jerk lifts being enough to win the gold medal.
Tanasan became Thailand’s first gold medalist in the women’s 48kg competition, winning by eight kilograms. She also became the fourth Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting for Thailand, with all four holders being women.
Winning the silver medal was Indonesia’s Sri Wahyuni Agustiani, who missed on attempts of 115kg in the clean and jerk in her second and third attempts, with a total weight of 192kg. Japan’s Hiromi Miyake won the bronze medal with a total weight lifted of 188kg, beating out Beatriz Elizabeth Piron Candelaro by a single kilogram to get onto the medal stand.
Competing in her fourth Olympic Games, Miyake is the third member of her family to earn a medal in weightlifting. Her father Yoshiyuki Miyake won a bronze medal in the featherweight division in 1968, and her uncle Yoshinobu won gold medals in the featherweight division in 1964 and 1968 after winning a silver medal in 1960.
Morghan King Whitney of the United States finished sixth in the competition with a total weight lifted of 183 kilograms (83kg snatch, 100kg clean and jerk). King’s snatch of 83kg set a new American record in that particular lift. Sunday two more weight classes will be held, with the women’s 53kg and men’s 56kg weight class competitions being held.