Tokyo Olympics: Emily Campbell becomes first British female weightlifter to win Olympic medal

Emily Campbell
Campbell is European champion and a Commonwealth medallist
Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Emily Campbell became the first British female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal with +87kg silver.

The 27-year-old lifted a total of 283kg as China’s Li Wenwen won gold with a new Olympic record of 320kg.

Campbell, making her Olympic debut in Tokyo, was fourth after the snatch but moved on to the podium with successive clean and jerk lifts of 156kg and 161kg.

American Sarah Robles won bronze with a total of 282kg.

Earlier in the competition, transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard failed to record a successful lift.

The New Zealander became the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics in a different gender category to the one in which they were born.

Campbell’s total set new British and Commonwealth records and was Great Britain’s first Olympic weightlifting medal since 1984.

She won European gold in April, three years after winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games.

Before the Tokyo Olympics, she told BBC Sport that a big part of her motivation was “to prove that women who look like me can have successful careers in sport”.

Since her Commonwealth bronze, she said she had been approached by multiple sponsors who subsequently pulled out because of her clothing size.

She is trying to make an impact in the world of women’s fashion by changing the perception around clothing sizes, and has contacted sports brands to try to get them to produce clothing for women with fuller figures.

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