Tuesday afternoon China took the gold medal lead with their sixth, and in moving her nation to the top of the list 139 pound weightlifter Deng Wei produced a record-setting performance.
Not only did Deng establish a new Olympic record in the clean and jerk with a lift of 147 kilograms (324 pounds), but she also broke the world and Olympic records with a total weight lifted of 262 kilograms (approximately 578 pounds). Deng’s clean and jerk lift broke the Olympic record by 12 kilograms, and the total weight lifted beat the World record by a single kilogram. Deng is China’s first medalist in this event since 2000.
Taking the silver medal was North Korea’s Choe Hyo Sim, who won her nation’s first medal in this event since 2008, with Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan winning the bronze medal. Choe finished with a total of 248 kilograms lifted, with Goricheva finishing five kilograms behind.
In an interesting development just before the final the prior world record holder, Lin Tzu-Chi of Chinese Taipei, withdrew from the event. According to the Associated Press, Lin’s team stated that abnormalities found in a drug test she’d taken before the Olympics was the reason for the withdrawal.