LÜ Xiaojun

People's Republic of China CHN

Weightlifting

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1984
Olympic Results

Biography

LÜ Xiaojun

At London 2012, 28-year-old Lü Xiaojun provided one early highpoint for weightlifting superpower China in the men’s 77kg category.

Having already been assured of gold, he claimed a world-record total of 379kg when he lifted an impressive 204kg in the clean and jerk after an initial 195kg lift.

Lü marked his achievement, one of 44 world and Olympic weightlifting records broken at the ExCel arena during the Games, by abandoning protocol to lift his coach off the ground – leaving him covered in chalky handprints – before running around the stage in ecstatic celebration.

It was an unusual display of exuberance in the competition but one that reflected both his incredible feat and the importance of the sport in his country – which had missed out on taking gold in the 77kg in its home Games four years earlier.

Lü went on to win silver at Rio 2016, but at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, the first with new weight categories, Lü dominated the new 81 kg competition to set the first Olympic records in snatch, clean & jerk, and total lift in the new class.

Having turned 37 just four days prior to the competition, he added to his five overall world titles in emphatic fashion, lifting a total of 374 kg to clinch gold.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

S
Middleweight (≤77 kilograms)
Middleweight (≤77 kilograms) Weightlifting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
Middleweight (≤77 kilograms)
Middleweight (≤77 kilograms) Weightlifting