China’s Meng Suping bags gold

China’s Meng Suping won gold in the women's over-75 kg category with 130 kilograms in the snatch and 177 in the clean and jerk for a total of 307, one more than second-placed Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea.

Meng Suping poses with her gold medal.   -  getty images

China’s Meng Suping won gold in the women's over-75 kg category with 130 kilograms in the snatch and 177 in the clean and jerk for a total of 307, one more than second-placed Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea.

Meanwhile, Sarah Robles won the United States’ first weightlifting medal for 16 years with the bronze. Robles lifted 286 total, with 126 in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk.

After making her final lift, Robles sank onto her knees and gave a roar of delight before blowing a kiss to the crowd.

The last U.S. A. medal winners in weightlifting were Tara Nott and Cheryl Haworth when the women’s events debuted in 2000. The last U.S. men’s medals were in 1984.