Without a Chinese representative, there is no clear favourite in this category.
Lisa Rumbewas/INA/ twice Olympic silver medallist hopes for gold for the third time. The Silver Lady won second place at 2006 WC as well.
Prapawadee Jaroenrattanatarakoon /THA/ the runner up in last year’s Asian Championships will be attempting to defend her country’s Olympic title. Her entry total is 220 kg, like Yoon Linhee/KOR/. This is her first Olympic Games. She thinks 87 kg snatching and 125 in clean and jerk should be enough, but it depends on fate according to her mind. She said athletes from Belarus and Korea will be tough to compete against. Of course, she is very satisfied not having Chinese name on the start list. She has the highest total of the group /218kg/, she recorded at Asian Championships in 2007.
The most hopeful European lifter is Novikava /BLR/ silver medal at 2007 WC. She thinks her main rival is the Thai lifter. ‘All I need is to lift what I have been lifting at training. It should be enough for a medal chance” – she said