Highlights from the ExCeL as Svetlana Podobedova (KAZ) wins gold in the women’s 75kg weightlifting event at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3 August 2012).

The silver medal was won by Natalya Zabolotnaya (Russian Fed.) with bronze being awarded to Iryna Kulesha (Belarus).

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Although men’s weightlifting has always been on the programme of the Olympic Games – except for at the 1900, 1908 and 1912 editions — women started to participate only at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The Olympic weightlifting programme has evolved greatly over time. Today, weightlifters compete in snatch and clean and jerk, and are placed according to their total combined result. From the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, men have competed in eight weight categories and women in seven. This total of 15 events remains unchanged.

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  1. There are always those who cry steroids everytime they see anyone with a more muscular physique than they have and is just childish insecurity. When you see women like this its not even a question of if but how much and how long they have used them. Nothing subtle here. They can train on them and then clean up just in time for the testing at the competition.


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