Maiya Maneza

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Maiya Maneza
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Personal information
Birth name Майя Манеза
Born 1 November 1985 (1985-11) (age 29)
Tokmok, Kyrgyz SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 63 kg
Updated on 25 July 2012.

Maiya Maneza (born 1 November 1985) is a Kazakhstani weightlifter. She won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 63 kg category by lifting a combined weight of 245 kg and set a new Olympic record in the process.[1][2]

Maiya is a member of the ethnic Dungan minority. Born in China, she moved to Kazakhstan in 2007 and competes for Kazakhstan. Following her Olympic medal win the government Xinhua news agency claimed that Maiya and fellow weightlifter Zulfiya Chinshanlo should be regarded as Chinese. The government of Kazakhstan rejected this claim and accused China of "poor sportsmanship".[3]


  1. ^ "Women's 63kg Weightlifting: Maiya Maneza Of Kazakhstan Takes Gold Medal". SB Nation. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Maiya Maneza.
  3. ^ "London 2012: to lead in medals table, China "claims" two Kazakh golds". AsiaNews. Retrieved 8 September 2012.