Emily Campbell

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Emily Campbell
Personal information
Born (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 30)
Nottingham, England
Height1.765 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight112 kg (247 lb)[1]
Medal record
Women's weightlifting
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo +87 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2022 Bogota +87 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2021 Tashkent +87 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2021 Moscow +87 kg
Gold medal – first place 2022 Tirana +87 kg
Gold medal – first place 2023 Yerevan +87 kg
Gold medal – first place 2024 Sofia +87 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Batumi +87 kg
European U23 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Durrës +87 kg
Representing  England
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Birmingham +87 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast +90 kg

Emily Campbell (born 6 May 1994) is a British weightlifter, the most successful British weightlifter of modern times.[2] In 2021, competing in the +87 kg category, Campbell became both European champion, and the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport, with silver at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In 2022 she retained her European title, won the Gold medal at her home Commonwealth Games in a new Commonwealth Games record, and upgraded her 2021 World Championships bronze medal to a silver in Bogota. In 2023, Campbell confirmed a hat-trick of three successive European titles, before winning her fourth title in 2024.


Campbell is from the Snape Wood estate in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire.[3] She graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a Sports Science degree in 2016.[4]

Campbell competed in the women's +90 kg event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, winning the bronze medal.[5][6] In the following year she came third in the 2019 European Championships gaining another bronze medal. In early 2021 she became the European champion after winning in Moscow in the +87 kg category.[7]

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Campbell became the first British female weightlifter to win a medal at the Olympics, with a silver in the women's +87 kg event.[8][9][10] Later that year, she went on to earn a bronze medal at the World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.[11][12]

She won the gold medal in her event at the 2022 European Weightlifting Championships held in Tirana, Albania and retained her title, with a somewhat reduced lift, in 2023 in Yerevan, Armenia.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b "Emily Campbell – Weightlifting". teamengland.org. Commonwealth Games England. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Emily Campbell". Gold Coast 2018. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ Thirkill, Stephen (2 August 2021). "Bulwell's Emily Campbell wins Olympic silver medal". Hucknall Dispatch. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  4. ^ Blackall, Molly; Walker, Amy (7 August 2021). "Tokyo Olympics: How two UK universities produced dozens of Team GB stars – and trained them over FaceTime". inews. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Feagaiga Stowers secures Samoa's second gold medal". Samoa Observer. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Event Schedule - Women's +90kg". Gold Coast 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2023. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ Moore, Joel (1 August 2021). "Family of Bulwell's Olympic weightlifting star are 'so proud'". NottinghamshireLive. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Tokyo Olympics: Emily Campbell becomes first British female weightlifter to win Olympic medal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  9. ^ Oliver, Brian (2 August 2021). "Unstoppable weightlifter Li wins again as Britain's Campbell ends 37-year medal wait". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Women's +87 kg Results" (PDF). 2020 Summer Olympics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Emily Campbell: British weightlifter adds world bronze to Olympic silver and Euro gold". BBC Sport. 17 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  12. ^ Oliver, Brian (17 December 2021). "Stunning sweep of weightlifting world records for Lasha - and another medal for Britain". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  13. ^ Oliver, Brian (5 June 2022). "Landmark golds for Britain's Campbell and Norway's Koanda at European Weightlifting Championships". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  14. ^ "2022 European Weightlifting Championships Results Book" (PDF). European Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2022. Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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