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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
Dragneva lifts historic gold
Izabela Dragneva
Dragneva scooped gold and a place in Olympic history
Bulgaria's Izabela Dragneva made history on Sunday when she became the first ever gold medallist in an Olympic women's weightlifting event.

Dragneva lifted a combined total of 190kgs in the 48kg category to clinch gold at the Sydney Convention Centre.

Tara Nott of the United States took silver with a combined lift of 185kgs, while Indonesia's Raema Lisa Rumbewas secured bronze.

The women's weightlifting event at Sydney is the first ever in an Olympic Games.


The big disappointment of the competition was Bulgaria's Donka Mincheva who made a hash of her three attempts at the snatch and failed to qualify for the clean and jerk.

Mincheva is the world champion and four-times European champion and had been expected to take at least silver.

She is also the world record holder at clean and jerk and had been tipped to dominate the second part of the contest.

Indonesia's Sri Indriyani and Japan's Kaori Niyanagi, second and third respectively in last year's world championships, also failed to live up to expectations and finished outside the medal positions.

Dragneva cleared 80 kg with her first snatch and after one failed attempt lifted 85 kg with her third.

She comfortably jerked 100 kg with her first attempt, lifted 105 kg with her second and, with the gold medal assured, declined her third.

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