Chen Xiexia

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Chen Xiexia
Personal information
Born (1983-01-08) January 8, 1983 (age 35)
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Country China

Chen Xiexia (simplified Chinese: 陈燮霞; traditional Chinese: 陳燮霞; pinyin: Chén Xièxiá; Jyutping: Chan4 Sit3 Ha4; born January 8, 1983 in Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong) is a Chinese weightlifter.


She won three golds at the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships.[1] and the first gold medal for China in the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 48 kg class, setting an Olympic Record by lifting a total of 212 kg.[2]

She also won 3 golds at the 2007 Asian Championships, with a world record of 120 kg in clean and jerk.[3] At the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium on Day 1 of the Olympic Games, 152 cm Xiexia, 25, yelled "jia you!" (come on!), and succeeded on all six attempts (snatch: 95 kg; clean and jerk: 117 kg).[4][5][6]

On 12 January 2017 it was announced that because of a doping violation she had been disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games, and was stripped of her gold medal. Chen Wei-Ling of Taiwan, originally the bronze medalist, was awarded the gold medal instead.[7]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  2. ^ Flash: Champion Chen of China with a new Olympic Record Archived August 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Progress of World Records, Women Seniors". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  4. ^, First Beijing Olympic gold medal results
  5. ^, Factbox on Olympic weightlifting champion Chen Xiexia
  6. ^, Chen Xiexia of China wins Weightlifting gold Archived August 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "IOC sanctions eight athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". IOC. Retrieved 12 January 2017.