Source: Xinhua

08-15-2008 18:11

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Cao Lei claimed the title in women's 75kg category weightlifting on Friday, winning China its seventh weightlifting gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Cao Lei of China tries a lift during women's 75kg group A competition of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games weightlifting event in Beijing, China, Aug. 15, 2008. Cao Lei set the new Olympic record of women's 75kg snatch with 128 kg.(Xinhua Photo/Yang Lei)
Cao Lei of China tries a lift during women's 75kg group A competition 
of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games weightlifting event in Beijing, 
China, Aug. 15, 2008. Cao Lei set the new Olympic record of women's 
75kg snatch with 128 kg.(Xinhua Photo/Yang Lei)

It's the first time Chinese lifter won gold in this category at the Olympics.

Cao, 24, totaled 282kg, 16kg more than the achievement of silver medalist Alla Vazhenina of Kazakhstan.

Cao, two-time world champion, dominated the game as she snatched 128kg, and lifted 154kg in clean and jerk, breaking three Olympic records.

She tried to break the total world record of 286kg in her third jerk attempt, by ordering 159kg, but failed. She bowed to the spectators and hugged with her coach Ma Wenhui.

Vazhenina snatched 119kg, and jerked 147kg.

The bronze went to Russian Nadezda Evstyukhina, who totaled 264kg.