Zhou Lulu wins weightlifting gold

Updated: August 5, 2012, 2:05 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Zhou Lulu is the world's strongest woman.

The Chinese weightlifter won a record-smashing super-heavyweight battle against Tatiana Kashirina of Russia on Sunday with a total of 333 kilograms -- more than any other woman had totaled before in the two Olympic lifts.

Kashirina, who also finished second to Zhou at last year's world championships, was in first place after smashing the world record twice in the snatch.

And Russia's first weightlifting gold at the London Olympics seemed in the bag when she firmed up wobbly legs to reach a world-record total of 332 kilograms in her second clean and jerk.

But her celebration and world record proved short-lived.

Zhou responded by lifting 187 kilograms in her second final clean and jerk to beat her rival's total by just one kilogram.

Exhausted from their high-octane duel, Kashirina couldn't respond and just dropped the bar in her final attempt, ceding the gold medal to her Chinese rival.

Hripsime Khurshudyan Armenia beat defending Olympic champion Jang Mi-ran of South Korea in a battle for bronze.

Americans Sarah Robles and Holley Mangold were seventh and 10th, respectively.


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