Weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women’s 53 kg

From August 6 to August 16 at the Riocentro Pavilion 2, weightlifting competitions took held during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In 15 separate events, 260 participants (156 men and 104 women) participated based on their respective weight classifications.

Due to systematic doping, Bulgaria and Russia were prohibited from competing in the sport.

Weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 53 kg

Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-Ching Gets Gold in Women’s Weightlifting 53-kg Class

When Li Yajun of China failed to complete the clean and jerk in the women’s 53-kilogram weightlifting division on Sunday, Hsu Shu-Ching of Taiwan earned her maiden Olympic gold medal.

Li won the first round snatch with a lift of 101 kilogrammes, setting an Olympic record, and went on to win the clean and jerk.

She had to lift 126 kg to earn gold as the final lifter in the second round. She was a favourite to win the gold medal due to her high entry total on the start list, but she came in last.

Li failed to finish her score, therefore Hsu won the gold after he lifted 100 kilogrammes in the snatch and 112 kilogrammes in the clean and jerk for a total of 212 kilogrammes.

The current world champion, Hsu, took home silver from the London Olympics four years ago.

However, Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan, who won the gold medal in London, could have that medal taken away if she fails a drug testing, making Hsu the winner of two gold medals.


Shi Zhiyong of China won gold in the men’s 69-kilogram weightlifting on Tuesday at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a combined total of 352 kilos.

Daniyar Ismayilov of Turkey came in second place, just one kilogramme behind, and Izzat Artykov of Kyrgyzstan took bronze, 12 kilogrammes further back.

Deng Wei of China won the gold medal in the women’s competition in the 63-kilogram division with a combined weight of 262 kilogrammes, setting a new world record.

With a lift of 147 kg, she also surpassed her own world record in the clean-and-jerk category.

Hyo Sim Choe of the People’s Republic of Korea came in second place, 14 kg behind, while Karina Goricheva of Kazakhstan completed the medal positions.