Hsing-Chun Kuo (103 kg/133 kg) won the gold medal with a lead of 19 kg ahead of Polina Guryeva (96 kg/121 kg) from Turkmenistan. The local hero Mikiko Andoh (94 kg/120 kg) took bronze.
A great day for the small country of Taiwan, which is listed as Chinese Taipei in the results lists of the Olympics events. Through the 27-year-old Kuo, the island nation could now take its second gold at the events in Tokyo.
The young Taiwanese won with 103 kg in the snatch and 133 kg in the clean and jerk. Kuo even managed to miss one attempt in the snatch and set a world record in the last clean and jerk attempt. Kuo won’t be sad about failing at 141 kg, as she already holds the record in her weight category with 140 kg.
The battle for silver and bronze was much tougher. Besides Guryeva and Andoh, Frenchwoman Dora Meiriama Tchakounte (96 kg/117 kg) also wanted to compete for one of the coveted podium places and started with a strong snatch. But it was above all the 21-year-old Uzbek Guryeva who did not let herself be deprived of the silver medal spot with a flawless series in the clean and jerk. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Andoh, as Tchakounte failed in her decisive clean and jerk attempt of 120 kg and thus finished in the thankless fourth spot.
Fifth place went to Thi Duyen Hoang (95 kg/113 kg) from Vietnam, who scored only two valid attempts. Hoang had certainly also speculated on a medal before the start but had to settle for a place ahead of Venezuela’s Mariana Figueroa Roldan (91 kg/115 kg). The Armenian Izabella Yaylyan (95 kg/110 kg), who was in a very promising position after the snatch with 95 kg, could only manage 110 kg in the clean and jerk. This meant seventh place ahead of Zoe Smith (87 kg/113 kg) from Great Britain.
Sabine Kusterer in 10th place
The German athlete Sabine Kusterer started already in the early morning German time in the B-group. Kusterer, who recently changed weight category in order to be able to take part in the games at all, probably had to pay tribute to the hard weight loss. With 198 kg in total, Kusterer remained 11 kilograms below her result of the last Olympic test event at the beginning of July.
The Karlsruhe native, who already competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, started optimistically with three valid lifts in the snatch. In the clean and jerk, the 30-year-old then failed at the initial load of 107 kg, made it in the second attempt, but finally failed to score 109 kg in the last attempt.
Thus, the team of German Weightlifting remains without a respectable success after two events but has another chance with Lisa Marie Schweizer to achieve its goal of a top-eight finish, today.