Maiya Maneza

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Maiya Maneza
Personal information
Birth name Майя Салахаровна Манеза
Born (1985-11-01) November 1, 1985 (age 28)
Tokmok, Kyrgyz SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Country  Soviet Union-> Kazakhstan
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 63kg
Updated on 25 July 2012.

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

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".[2]