Tokyo: Maud G Charron took the gold medal with a total of 236kg in women’s 64kg weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 here on Tuesday, winning the second Olympic gold for Canada in women’s weightlifting events.
Charron, 28, was heavily favoured to win the event and took a narrow lead as she snatched 105kg, just one kilo more than Giorgia Bordignon of Italy, the sixth-place finisher at Rio Games in the women’s 63kg.
The Canadian, winner at 2020 Pan American Championships, showed her power in the clean and jerk as she hoisted 131kg to secure gold. Chen Wen-Huei of Chinese Taipei tried to challenge Charron but failed in her last two lifts. The 34-year-old Bordignon made three good lifts in a row in the jerk, but finished the jerk at 128kg, totaling 232kg to take silver.
Canada took the gold medal in women’s 63kg weightlifting at London 2012 by Christine Girard, who also won the bronze medal at Beijing 2008Chen, winner at the Asian championships in April, clinched the bronze with a total of 230kg.
Deng Wei, the Olympic gold medalist in Rio 2016 and world record holder in women’s 64kg, has been left out of China’s squad after being sidelined by a waist injury. She set the total world record at 261kg at the world championships in 2019.