Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon

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Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon
Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon 1.jpg
Medal record
Women's Weightlifting
Competitor for  Thailand
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing 53 kg
World Championships
Silver 2005 Doha 53 kg
Bronze 2003 Vancouver 53 kg
Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon 2.jpg

Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon (Thai: ประภาวดี เจริญรัตนธารากูล) (b. Junpim Kuntatean,[1] Thai: จันทร์พิมพ์ กันทะเตียน, also transliterated Chanpim Kantatian[2] May 29, 1984) is a weightlifter from Thailand.[3]

At the 2005 World Weightlifting Championships she won the silver medal in the 53 kg category, lifting a total of 223 kg (491.6 lbs).[4] At the 2006 University World Championships she won the gold medal in the 53 kg category.[5]

During the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships she suffered an elbow injury, and had to rest for three months.[6]

She won the women's 53 kg class at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.[3] She changed her name in 2007 on the advice of a fortune teller who said it would improve her chances of winning the Olympics.[1] Her name was so long that itwas listed as "J" on the digital scoreboard during the Beijing Games.[7]


  1. ^ a b Ritter, Karl (2008-08-10). "Thailand wins women’s 53-kg weightlifting gold". AP. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. ^ AFP (2008-08-05). "Olympics: Great wall of China blocks rivals' paths to weightlifting gold". Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Athlete Biography: Jaroenrattanatarakoon, Prapawadee". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Kuntatean Junpim". International Weightlifting Federation. 
  5. ^ "Junpim Kuntatean". International Weightlifting Federation. 
  6. ^ "Prapawadee looking to a bright future". Bangkok Post. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  7. ^ Wallechinsky, David (2012). The Book Of Olympic Lists. Great Britain: Aurum Press Ltd. p. 300. ISBN 9781845137731.