Zulfiya Chinshanlo

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Zulfiya Chinshanlo
Zulfiya Chinshanlo 2009.jpg
Personal information
Birth name 赵常玲 Zhao Changling
Nationality Kazakhstan
Born (1993-07-25) 25 July 1993 (age 22)
Residence Kazakhstan
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)
Country  Kazakhstan
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 53kg
Coached by Viktor Ni
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 98 kg (2014)
  • Clean and jerk: 134 kg (2014, WR)
  • Total: 232 kg (2014)

Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Kazakh: Зүлфия Чиншанло; Russian: Зульфия Чиншанло; Chinese: 赵常玲) is a Kazakh weightlifter.[1] She set a world record in the clean and jerk on 29 July 2012 at the 2012 London Olympics by lifting 131 kg.[2][3] Chinshanlo earned a gold medal at the 2014 World Championships. This was Kazakhstan's first podium finish at the competition.[4]

Athletic career[edit]

On 8 November 2012, Kazakhstan London Olympic champion Zulfiya Chinshanlo got the Olympic Council of Asia award as the best Asian athlete, along with Ilya Ilyin and Olga Rypakova.[5]

Zulfiya, according to her official profile, is an ethnic Dungan and speaks a Chinese dialect (Dungan language) as her first language.

According to Chinese official media Xinhua News, Zulfiya was born and grew up in Hunan Province, China, thus she has a Chinese name and can speak Chinese much more fluently than Russian. She emigrated to Kazakhstan in 2008 along with Maiya Maneza with the approval of Hunan sport officials[6] on a five-year lease contract. She returned to China in 2012.[1][7]

Chinese media wrote that the weightlifter received her Chinese ID in the Public Security Department of Changsha city on 22 October and was going to join the Chinese national team, because her 5-year contract with Kazakhstan allegedly expired.

But Kazakhstan sports authorities insist that Zulfiya Chinshanlo is a citizen of Kazakhstan:

“Zulfiya Chinshanlo is our sportswoman. I don’t know why foreign media is discussing a change of her citizenship. She is a citizen of Kazakhstan. She had been living and training in Kazakhstan since she was 14. No official claims have been submitted to our Agency or the Weightlifting Federation. Zulfiya was on vacation and decided to visit her relatives in China. After a break she will go back to training for the world championships and the next Olympics as a member of Kazakhstan national team,” Agency for Sports and Physical Culture Talgat Yermegiyayev said.[8][9]

On 27 October 2012 Chinshanlo came back from China and announced:

“I would like to say that everything written about me in China is not true. I have proved it by coming back to Kazakhstan and being here right now. I would like to thank everyone who supported me. Once again, all these rumors are lies and I don’t want to return to discussing this issue again.”[10]

However, according to official Kazakh records, Zulfiya was born 25 July 1993 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her father Salakhar Chinshanlo is a businessman who speaks fluently both Russian and Dungan language.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Chinshanlo on a 2013 Kazakh stamp
Rank Athlete Group Body weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total
1 2 3 Result 1 2 3 Result
1st  Zulfiya Chinshanlo (KAZ) A 52.70 92 92 95 95 125 131 135 131 226
2nd  Hsu Shu-ching (TPE) A 52.41 91 94 96 96 120 123 123 123 219
3rd  Cristina Iovu (MDA) A 52.79 95 99 99 99 115 120 125 120 219

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Zulfiya Returns Home to Represent China. cri.cn. 24 October 2012
  2. ^ "Zulfiya Chinshanlo". www.london2012.com. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chinshanlo wins Olympic gold, breaks clean and jerk record". Eurosport.Yahoo.com. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Lee, Chin-wei; Wu, Lilian (11 November 2014). "Taiwanese weightlifter takes gold, two silvers at worlds". Central News Agency. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Chinshanlo and Ilyin named best athletes of Asia". Tengrinews.kz English. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "马内扎被曝辽宁出生 湖南官员称其出走经总局同意". sina.com.cn. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Weijue, Yan (30 July 2012) Skeleton in the closet of China's weightlifting hierarchy. China Daily.
  8. ^ "Chinshanlo is a citizen of Kazakhstan: Talgat Yermegiyayev". Tengrinews.kz English. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "China has not officialy requested Kazakhstan to return Chinshanlo". Tengrinews.kz English. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nothing China writes about me is true: Zulfiya Chinshanlo". Tengrinews.kz English. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 

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