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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.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Lidia Valentín
Lidia Valentín 2008.jpg
Lidia Valentín in 2008
Personal information
Birth nameLidia Valentin Perez
NationalitySpanish
Born (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 (age 34)
Ponferrada, Spain
Years active2002–
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight78.80 kg (174 lb)
Sport
CountrySpain
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)–81 kg
ClubCas-Leonesa, CLE
Coached byMatías Fernández
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 124 kg (2014, Almaty)
  • Clean & Jerk: 147 kg (2014, Tel Aviv)
  • Total: 268 kg (2014, Tel Aviv)

CareerEdit

At the 2007 World Championships, she ranked sixth in the 75 kg category with a total of 240 kg.[5]

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.[6][7] In 2017, Lidia won the World Weightlifting Championship held in Anaheim, United States.[2]

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.[5]

OlympicsEdit

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.[8][9] In 2016 retest of samples from the 75 kg category at the 2008 Olympics returned positive results for the original gold medalist Cao Lei[10] and bronze medalist Nadezhda Evstyukhina,[11] their results were disqualified and Valentín was awarded the silver medal.[12][13]

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.[14][15][16] This made Valentín the Olympic Champion by default and in March 2019 she was awarded her gold medal.[17]

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).[18][19]

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2008   Beijing, China 75 kg 110 110 115 2 130 137 138 3 250  
2012   London, England 75 kg 115 115 120 1 140 145 148 1 265  
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 75 kg 112 116 116 2 135 138 141 3 257  
World Championships
2002   Warsaw, Poland 63 kg 80 80 80 92.5 92.5 120 13
2005   Doha, Qatar 75 kg 100 105 107 7 115 115 120 13 220 11
2006   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 75 kg 100 100 100 13 120 120 120
2007   Chiang Mai, Thailand 75 kg 105 110 115 5 125 130 135 5 240 6
2009   Goyang, South Korea 75 kg 112 118 119 4 130 136 136 9 242 6
2010   Antalya, Turkey 75 kg 112 112 117 6 135 135 135
2011   Paris, France 75 kg 112 117 120 4 133 138 142 7 258 5
2013   Wrocław, Poland 75 kg 117 122 122   138 146 146   260  
2014   Almaty, Kazakhstan 75 kg 120 120 124   140 147 148 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   130 136 136   249  
2019   Pattaya, Thailand 81 kg 105 108 112 5 130 134 138   246  
European Championships
2005   Sofia, Bulgaria 75 kg 100 100 105 6 110 115 120 7 215 6
2006   Władysławowo, Poland 75 kg 103 103 108 5 118 122 125 7 225 7
2007   Strasbourg, France 75 kg 105 110 115   125 130 132 4 247  
2008   Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 75 kg 110 115 118   130 135 135   245  
2009   Bucharest, Romania 75 kg 112 117 120   132 132 132   252  
2010   Minsk, Belarus 75 kg 110 115 115 4 132 137 140 4 255 4
2011   Kazan, Russia 75 kg 112 117 122   132 142 146   264  
2012   Antalya, Turkey 75 kg 112 117 123   135 143 146   260  
2013   Tirana, Albania 75 kg 115 120 124   135 140 142   260  
2014   Tel Aviv, Israel 75 kg 115 120 121   137 144 147   268  
2015   Tbilisi, Georgia 75 kg 112 116 118   135 141 145   263  
2017   Split, Croatia 75 kg 112 115 118   132 137   252  
2018   Bucharest, Romania 75 kg 107 112 115   130 135 140   250  
2019   Batumi, Georgia 76 kg 105 108 110   130 133 136   241  
Mediterranean Games
2013   Mersin, Turkey 75 kg 112 115 120   135 140 145   265
2018   Tarragona, Spain 75 kg 105 110 112   130 137 --   249

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 81 kg
  2. ^ a b Retrieved 2017.11.04. INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION. "VALENTIN PEREZ Lydia (ESP) crowned World Champion"
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Lidia Valentín logra el bronce en el Europeo de 75 kilos" (in Spanish). Marca. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Valentin Lidia (ESP)". IAT Weightlifting Database.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ 2013 IWF World Championships
  8. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Lidia Valentín". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "IWF Public Disclosure". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ "2 Russian Olympic weightlifting medalists fail doping tests". Dailyherald. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Valentin awarded Beijing 2008 silver medal after new doping case". Marca. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Lydia Valentín Finally Receives Her Olympic Silver Medal". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  14. ^ "2017 Lifter of the Year Lydia Valentin". IWF. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Weightlifting: Valentin eyes London gold after rivals fail retests". Reuters. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  16. ^ "3 weightlifters stripped of Olympic golds in doping cases". Associated Press. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Lidia Valentin recieved [sic] her Olympic gold medal". IWF.net. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  18. ^ Lydia Valentín se lleva la medalla de bronce en halterofilia
  19. ^ "Gold at last for North Korea, Rim cheers her 'beloved Leader'". Reuters. Retrieved 5 March 2019.

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