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Romela Begaj (born 2 November 1986) is an Albanian female weightlifter.[1] On 11 November 2014 in Almaty she became world champion in the Snatch style for the category up to 63 kg.[2] Previously Begaj represented Albania at the 2008 European Weightlifting Championships where she took home the silver medal.[3] She also represented Albania at 2008 Olympic Games in China where she finished 6th in the under 58 kg category.[4]

Romela Begaj
Personal information
Nationality Albanian
Born (1986-11-02) 2 November 1986 (age 31)
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Country Albania
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 63kg
Coached by Gazmend Haksan
Achievements and titles
World finals 1
Highest world ranking 1

In the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships she got bronze medal in snatch.

Begaj, 28, became the first Albanian woman to win a World Championship gold medal by lifting 113 kg in the snatch. However, Begaj failed an anti-doping test for this event and her results will likely be expunged.[5]

2008 Olympic Games in BeijingEdit

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Romela Begaj -58 kg 98 4th 118 7th 216 6th


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  2. ^ "Romela Begaj announced world champion". Independent Balkan News Agency. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "BEGAJ Romela". International Weightlifting Federation. 
  4. ^ "BEGAJ Romela". International Weightlifting Federation. 
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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Sahit Prizreni
Flagbearer for   Albania
2012 London
Succeeded by
Luiza Gega