In the Women's 48kg, Chen Xiexia of China took the first gold awarded for Weightlifting. The event was held at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium on Day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Weightlifting Day 2 Preview: Young talents strive for gold
(BEIJING, August 9) -- The second day of the Olympic Weightlifting competition will generate two gold medals, one each from the Women's 53 kilogram and Men's 56 kilogram weight classes. Asian countries will be the dominant force again as the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Vietnam all compete for spots on the podium.
Since 2004 gold medalist Udomporn Polsak of Thailand is not on this year's squad, 24-year old Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon, runner-up in last year's Asian Championship, will try and defend her country's gold medal. Her entry total of 220kg is among the best of all the competitors.
Another lifter with an entry total of 220kg is Yoon Jin-Hee of the Republic of Korea. She finished third in the 53kg weight class at the 2007 World Championship when she lifted a total of 211kg.
Anastassia Novikava of Belarus may be the only lifter from outside Asia who may have a shot at the gold medal. She was the silver medalist at the 2007 World Championship, lifting 2kg more than Yoon in total weight. She also competed in the 2004 Athens Games, finishing fifth with a total of 190kg. This time she has an entry weight of 217kg.
Other medal candidates are Raema Lisa Rumbewas of Indonesia (215kg entry total) and Yudelquis Maridalin of Dominican Republic (212kg entry total).
The Women's 53kg Weightlifting competition will begin at 3:30 p.m., while the Men's 56kg group A competition, which contains the top medal contenders with the highest entry weight totals, begins at 7:00 p.m. (all times UTC/GMT +8).