Lidia Valentín Pérez (born 10 February 1985) is a Spanish weightlifter, Olympic Champion, 2 time World Champion and 4 time European Champion competing in the 75 kg category until 2018 and 81 kg starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories. Lidia has won three Olympic Medals (Silver in 2008, Gold in 2012 and Bronze in 2016), two World Weightlifting Championships (2017 and 2018), as well as four European Weightlifting Championships.
Lidia Valentín in 2008
|Birth name||Lidia Valentin Perez|
|Born||10 February 1985|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||78.80 kg (174 lb)|
|Coached by||Matías Fernández|
|Achievements and titles|
At the 2013 World Championships, she won bronze in the snatch and placed fourth in the total, being promoted to silver and bronze respectively when Olga Zubova was disqualified for failing a doping test. In 2017, Lidia won the World Weightlifting Championship held in Anaheim, United States.
At the European Championships, she won four gold medals for the total in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018 three silver medals (in 2008, 2012 and 2013) and three bronze medals (in 2007, 2009 and 2011), with three gold and four silver medals in the snatch, and two gold, one silver and five bronze medals in the clean and jerk.
In 2008, Valentín competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 75 kg category finishing in fifth place at the time of competition with a 250 kg total. In 2016 retest of samples from the 75 kg category at the 2008 Olympics returned positive results for the original gold medalist Cao Lei and bronze medalist Nadezhda Evstyukhina, their results were disqualified and Valentín was awarded the silver medal.
In 2012, Valentín competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 75 kg category again. This time she finished in fourth place with a 265 kg total, behind the 8 new Olympic Records set by Svetlana Podobedova and Natalia Zabolotnaya. In 2016 during retests, all three original medalists had returned positive results thus disqualifying their medals and Olympic Records. This made Valentín the Olympic Champion by default and in March 2019 she was awarded her gold medal.
In 2016, while waiting for confirmation of these medals, Valentín competed in the 2016 Olympics, where she lifted a total of 257 kg and won the bronze medal. It was, at the time, Spain's first medal ever in weightlifting (retrospectively third).
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|2008||Beijing, China||75 kg||110||115||2||130||137||3||250|
|2012||London, England||75 kg||115||120||1||140||145||1||265|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||75 kg||112||116||2||135||138||141||3||257|
|2002||Warsaw, Poland||63 kg||–||92.5||13||–||–|
|2005||Doha, Qatar||75 kg||100||105||7||115||13||220||11|
|2006||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||75 kg||100||13||–||–||–|
|2007||Chiang Mai, Thailand||75 kg||105||110||5||125||130||5||240||6|
|2009||Goyang, South Korea||75 kg||112||4||130||9||242||6|
|2010||Antalya, Turkey||75 kg||112||6||–||–||–|
|2011||Paris, France||75 kg||112||117||120||4||133||138||7||258||5|
|2013||Wrocław, Poland||75 kg||117||122||138||260|
|2014||Almaty, Kazakhstan||75 kg||120||124||140||4||264||4|
|2015||Houston, United States||75 kg||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2017||Anaheim, United States||75 kg||110||115||118||130||135||140||258|
|2018||Ashgabat, Turkmenistan||81 kg||108||110||113||130||136||249|
|2019||Pattaya, Thailand||81 kg||105||108||5||130||134||138||246|
|2005||Sofia, Bulgaria||75 kg||100||6||110||115||7||215||6|
|2006||Władysławowo, Poland||75 kg||103||5||118||122||7||225||7|
|2007||Strasbourg, France||75 kg||105||110||115||125||130||132||4||247|
|2008||Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy||75 kg||110||115||130||245|
|2009||Bucharest, Romania||75 kg||112||117||120||132||252|
|2010||Minsk, Belarus||75 kg||110||115||4||132||137||140||4||255||4|
|2011||Kazan, Russia||75 kg||112||117||122||132||142||264|
|2012||Antalya, Turkey||75 kg||112||117||135||143||260|
|2013||Tirana, Albania||75 kg||115||120||135||140||260|
|2014||Tel Aviv, Israel||75 kg||115||120||121||137||144||147||268|
|2015||Tbilisi, Georgia||75 kg||112||118||135||141||145||263|
|2017||Split, Croatia||75 kg||112||115||132||137||–||252|
|2018||Bucharest, Romania||75 kg||107||112||115||130||135||250|
|2019||Batumi, Georgia||76 kg||105||108||130||133||241|
|2013||Mersin, Turkey||75 kg||112||115||120||135||140||145||265||–|
|2018||Tarragona, Spain||75 kg||105||110||112||130||137||--||249||–|
- PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 81 kg
- Retrieved 2017.11.04. INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION. "VALENTIN PEREZ Lydia (ESP) crowned World Champion"
- "Lidia, I de España y III de Europa" (in Spanish). Diario de León. 12 April 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
- "Lidia Valentín logra el bronce en el Europeo de 75 kilos" (in Spanish). Marca. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
- "Valentin Lidia (ESP)". IAT Weightlifting Database.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- 2013 IWF World Championships
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lidia Valentín". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- "Diploma olímpico para la haltera Lidia Valentín" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 15 August 2008. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
- "IWF Public Disclosure". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "2 Russian Olympic weightlifting medalists fail doping tests". Dailyherald. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "Valentin awarded Beijing 2008 silver medal after new doping case". Marca. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "Lydia Valentín Finally Receives Her Olympic Silver Medal". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "2017 Lifter of the Year Lydia Valentin". IWF. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "Weightlifting: Valentin eyes London gold after rivals fail retests". Reuters. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "3 weightlifters stripped of Olympic golds in doping cases". Associated Press. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- "Lidia Valentin recieved [sic] her Olympic gold medal". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- Lydia Valentín se lleva la medalla de bronce en halterofilia
- "Gold at last for North Korea, Rim cheers her 'beloved Leader'". Reuters. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
- Lidia Valentín at the International Weightlifting Federation
- Lidia Valentín at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Lidia Valentin Perez at IWRP.net
- Lidia Valentín Pérez (and here) at Comité Olímpico Español (in Spanish)
- Lidia Valentín at the International Olympic Committee (2012 and 2016 Olympic Games)
- Lidia Valentín at the International Olympic Committee (2008 Olympic Games)