On Tuesday, July 27 in Tokyo, Canada’s Maud G. Charron won the women’s 64-kilogram weightlifting event with a total of 236 kilogrammes, making this the country’s second Olympic gold medal in women’s weightlifting.
Charron, 28, was the clear favourite to win the event, and she claimed the lead by a razor’s edge when she snatched 105 kilogrammes, or just one kilo more than Giorgia Bordignon of Italy, who finished sixth in the women’s 63 kilogramme division at the Rio Games.
The Canadian athlete displayed her strength in the clean and jerk by lifting 131 kilogrammes to win the 2020 Pan American Championships. Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wen-Huei attempted to compete with Charron, but she was unsuccessful in her final two lifts.
The 34-year-old Bordignon had a string of three successful jerks but ultimately finished with 128 kilogrammes, good enough for silver.
Christine Girard of Canada won gold in the women’s 63-kilogram weight class at London 2012. She had previously won bronze at Beijing in 2008.
Chen won the medal with a total of 230 kg, the same weight that earned him first place at the Asian championships in April.
As a result of her waist injury, Olympic champion and current world record holder Deng Wei of China has been dropped from the team. In 2019, she won the world championships and set a new record of 261 kilogrammes for the overall weight category.
64 KG Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Results
|Rank||Country||Name||Total Score (kg)|
|1||CAN||CHARRON Maude G||236|
|4||COL||PEREZ TIGRERO Mercedes Isabel||227|
|6||ECU||PALACIOS DAJOMES Angie Paola||226|
|7||PHI||ANDO Elreen Ann||222|
|8||CUB||RODRIGUEZ MITJAN Marina de la Cari||221|
|10||GER||SCHWEIZER Lisa Marie||217|