Kazakhstan's Maneza breaks Olympic record to clinch women's 63kg gold
16:45 GMT, 31 July 2012
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Maiya Maneza turned the women's 63kg into a personal pursuit for Olympic and world records after clinching gold for Kazakhstan.
All the talk going into the competition was of a duel between Maneza and Russia's Svetlana Tsarukaeva, with the two lifters going head-to-head for the previous three world championships.
Weigh to go: Kazakhstan's Maiya Maneza celebrates after winning gold in the women's 63kg weightlifting competition
Tsarukaeva led at the interval after a snatch of 112kg compared to Maneza's 110kg, but the Russian's clean and jerk predictably let her down and 125kg (total 237kg) was only enough for silver.
Maneza clinched gold with her first clean and jerk attempt at 135kg – equalling the Olympic record – before she set about trying to take her own world record of 143kg.
Lift off: Maneza broke the Olympic record en route to winning the gold medal
Two failed lifts at 144kg meant it was not to be, but a 245kg total was enough for another Olympic record.
Both Maneza and Tsarukaeva failed to total in Beijing four years ago.
Canada's Christine Girard (236kg) edged bronze ahead of Turkey's Sibel Simsek, making up for her agonising fourth place at the 2008 Olympics.
Golden girl: Maneza attempted to break the world record but after two failed attempts her total was enough to win the competition