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Facts and figures about weightlifting for London Olympics


09:29, July 23, 2012

LONDON, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Following are the facts and figures about weightlifting for the 2012 London Olympic Games:

2000 - year when women competed in Olympic weightlifting for the first time, in Sydney.

263.5kg - weight lifted by +105kg athlete Hossein Rezazadeh (Iran) in the clean and jerk at Athens 2004, an Olympic record.

260 - number of weightlifters entered for London 2012, from 84 NOCs.

43 - number of medals won by China and the USA.

39 - the record number of Olympic weightlifting gold medals won by the Soviet Union.

17 years, 251 days - age of Long Qingquan (China) when he won the 56kg category at Beijing 2008, making him the youngest gold medal winner in Olympic weightlifting history.

15 - number of weight divisions - eight men's and seven women's.

12 - number of weight categories China has won gold medals in of a possible 15.

10 - biggest number of medals won in a single weight category by an NOC. Two NOCs have achieved this: China in men's 62kg and USA in men's +105kg.

8 - number of gold medals China won at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, out of a possible 15. They also won one silver medal.

5 - number of Olympic Games in which Imre Foldi (Hungary), Ronnie Weller (Germany) and Ingo Steinhofel (Germany) have competed.

4 - biggest number of medals won by one weightlifter - Pyrros Dimas (Greece).

4 - number of world records broken for aggregate lifts at Beijing 2008. Eight Olympic records were broken for aggregate totals, with a further 14 in individual lifts.

2 - number of athletes who have won a record two gold medals in women's weightlifting: Chen Yanqing (China) in women's 58kg and Liu Chunhong (China) in women's 69kg.

1 - number of medals won by African NOCs out of 63 since women's weightlifting was introduced into the Olympic Games in 2000. Ruth Ogbeifo (Nigeria) won silver in the 75kg category that year.


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