Asian Games 2014: Super-strongwoman Zhou Lulu lifts record weight

Gentle giant Zhou Lulu on Friday raised the heaviest single weight ever recorded by a woman weightlifter at the Asian Games but insisted she is just "an ordinary girl."

AFP| Updated: Sep 26, 2014, 17:49 PM IST
Asian Games 2014: Super-strongwoman Zhou Lulu lifts record weight

Incheon: Gentle giant Zhou Lulu on Friday raised the heaviest single weight ever recorded by a woman weightlifter at the Asian Games but insisted she is just "an ordinary girl."

Zhou broke Russian Tatiana Kashrina`s world record in the clean and jerk by 2kg, with 192kg, and equalled the Russian`s combined record of 334kg in her one woman show in the super-heavyweight over 75kg class.

Having also eclipsing her London 2012 Olympics total of 333kg, which was a world record at the time, Zhou said she could have done better.

"I`m not satisfied with that. It was only so-so, " she told AFP, after lifting 142kg in the first discipline, 4kg below her Olympic performance. 

"I`m disappointed that I didn`t perform well in the snatch. There`s nothing special about breaking the world record."

Her huge 140kg (308lb) frame and fearsome stage presence notwithstanding, Zhou considers herself like any other 26-year-old woman.

"I`m just an ordinary girl," she said. "I`m a Pisces so I`m a bit of a romantic. I like buying pretty things."

Her Weibo microblog account in China is packed with posts about "What age should I get married?" and phrases such as, "I am an optimist", "I am a peach girl" and "Be happy every day."

She says she loves shopping with her friends, but normally just goes along for fun as "I can`t find anything find anything to fit me".

Zhou cuts a much more frightening appearance on stage, screaming "Qing Song!" (relax!) at the bar before every lift, but it belies her real character.

"It`s not a contradiction between my gentle personality and what you see in training or on the stage," she said.

Zhou saw off second-placed Mariya Grabovetskaya of Kazakhstan and bronze medallist Thailand`s Chitchanok Pulsabsakul with ease Friday.

Grabovetskaya was only 1kg behind after the snatch on 141kg but finished a distant 32kg in arrears, with Chitchanok a further 10kg adrift, after Zhou`s astonishing final lift. 

Zhou has admitted in the past that she hated weightlifting when selected for the sport at primary school aged 11 but grew to love it.

"I didn`t like it at first because the training so tough," she told the china.org.cn website last year. 

"I gradually began to love it once I realised you don`t have to worry about your body shape, or if it is feminine."