Emily Campbell yells with delight after becoming the first British woman to win a medal in weightlifting.
Emily Campbell of Team GB couldn’t disguise her delight after earning Britain’s first women’s weightlifting medal in Tokyo.
Emily Campbell has expressed her joy at becoming the first British female weightlifter to win a medal at the Olympics in Tokyo. In her first appearance at the Olympic Games, the 27-year-old made history by capturing silver with a massive lift of 283 kg. Ms Campbell’s screams of ecstasy at completing the world record-breaking clean and jerk lift ignited wild celebrations.
Campbell, who was born in Nottingham, finished fourth but secured a podium finish with clean and jerk lifts of 156kg and 161kg, respectively.
Li Wenwen of China took first position, setting a new Olympic record of 320kg on her way to a gold medal.
Sarah Robles of the United States took the last podium slot with a total weight of 282kg.
The previous time a British weightlifter won a medal was in 1984, and Campbell was noticeably pleased with the accomplishment.
“I am speechless, for the first time ever,” Ms Campbell subsequently told BBC Sport.
“You know you can get in shape coming into these things, you know you want to play your best, but to actually put it out on the stage, I’m really thrilled,” she said.
“I picked up a barbell for the first time five years ago and now I am an Olympic silver medalist,” she said, as Team GB prepares to win yet another Olympic medal in Tokyo.
However, chances of adding to the gold haul in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and London in 2022 have vanished.
British Olympians have won 35 medals in total, including 11 golds, after ten days of action in Japan.
“After 10 days of Olympic competition in Tokyo, Great Britain has 35 medals, including 11 golds,” said Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Nielsen Gracenote.
“The number of medals is down from both Rio 2016 (41) and London 2012 (40),” Gracenote said, adding that the following few days offer a potential for Team GB to boost its medal total.
“However, the next two days give opportunity to close that gap, as no medals were won on day 12 in either Rio or London,” he noted.
“The Olympics in Rio and London were the best that Great Britain has had since the 1960s.”Brinkwire Summary News”.