Following is the factbox on Chinese weightlifting:
Chen Jingkai, in the men's 56kg category, lifted 133kg in Shanghai on June 7th 1956, breaking the clean and jerk world record held by American Vinci, making weightlifting the first sport to set a world record in China's sports history. Chen also became the first Chinese to hold a world record.
China has organized nearly 30 major weightlifting competitions including the Asian Games in 1990, the World Championships and the Asian Championships in 1995.
China has sent teams to almost 100 international events during which 15 Chinese lifters gained 16 Olympic gold medals, over 100 lifters won more than 100 world championships gold medals and set nearly 300 world records.
China got four weightlifting gold medals in men's events at 1984 Los Angles Olympics.
Zeng Guoqiang 52kg class
Wu Shude 56kg class
Chen Weiqiang 60kg class
Yao Jingyuan 67.5kg class
China gained two weightlifting gold medals in men's events at 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Tang Lingsheng 52kg class
Zhan Xugang 70kg class
China got five weightlifting gold medals at 2000 Sydney Olympics, when women's events were included in the Olympics.
Zhan Xugang men's 77kg class
Yang Xia women's 53kg class
Chen Xiaomin women's 63kg class
Lin Weining women's 69kg class
Ding Meiyuan women's +75kg class
China got five weightlifting gold medals at 2004 Athens Olympics.
Shi Zhiyong men's 62kg class
Zhang Guozheng men's 69kg class
Chen Yanqing women's 58kg class
Liu Chunhong women's 69kg class
Tang Gonghong women's +75kg class
China has sent more than 30 experts and coaches to foreign countries and regions to help promote and develop the sport of weightlifting in the past decade.
(Xinhua News Agency August 9, 2008)