Weightlifting - Olympic Games

Podobedova earns Olympic weightlifting gold

Svetlana Podobedova won Kazakhstan's third weightlifting gold of the London Olympics after an epic battle with Russia's Natalya Zabolotnaya in a head-to-head so close that the medals were decided by the athletes' bodyweight.

Podobedova wins gold - Weightlifting - Olympic GamesReuters

Podobedova's total of 291 kg, sealed with the last lift of the competition, put her level with Zabolotnaya but because the Kazakh weighed in with a bodyweight 220 grams lower she was awarded the gold. The 291 kg total was a new Olympic record.

The bronze medal went to Belarusian Iryna Kulesha.

Podobedova, 26, competed for Russia until 2006 according to the International Weightlifting Federation website, before re-entering international competition under the Kazakhstan flag in 2009.

Zabolotnaya was only added to the Russian team just over a week ago when her team mate Oxana Slivenko was forced to withdraw for medical reasons.

World champion Nadezda Evstyukhina of Russia made a surprise early exit after she was unable to complete a lift in the snatch section of the competition.

Athletes need to complete both a snatch and a clean and jerk lift to post a total, with the highest combined weight taking the gold.

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