Zhou Lulu

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Zhou Lulu (周璐璐)

Zhou Lulu (周璐璐) is a Chinese weightlifter who broke her own total world record of 328kg and won the gold medal in the women's +75kg division at the London Olympic Games, with an overall weight of 333kg.

"I am really happy. The gold medal weighs more than the weights," Zhou said after the competition.

Born in China's eastern Shandong province in 1988, Zhou took up the sport at the age of 11, despite being discouraged at first by the intensity of the training. However, the victory of another Shandong native, Tang Gonghong, at the 2004 Athens Olympics, altered Zhou's attitude to the sport.

"I gradually began to enjoy weightlifting,” she recalled.

Major achievements:

In 2009: Runner-up in the women's +75kg division with a total of 323kg at the 11th national games.

In 2010:

Champion of the women's +75kg overall performance at the national weightlifting championship in Nanjing

In 2011:

Champion, women's +75kg snatch at the Asian Weightlifting Championships;

Champion, women's +75kg snatch at the National Weightlifting Championships;

Runner-up, women's +75kg clean and jerk at the National Weightlifting Championships;

Champion, women's +75kg overall performance at the national weightlifting championships;

Silver medalist, +75kg snatch by lifting 146kg, gold medalist, +75kg clean and jerk, lifting 182kg and overall performance, lifting a total of 328kg at the World Weightlifting Championships

In 2012:

Champion of the women's +75kg category at London Olympic Games with a total of 333kg (Breaking her own total world record of 328kg)