The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG)
posted a tentative schedule on its website Monday listing weightlifting as
China's first medal prospects, reports Sports Weekly.
However, a BOCOG sports department officer told chinadaily.com.cn that "the
schedule hasn't been finalized yet, so it's hard to know the games results in
terms of an updating schedule."
According to the latest schedule, or
version 2.07, there are seven gold medals slated for August 9, 2008, including
cycling (one), fencing (one), weightlifting (one), judo (one) and shooting
The women's 48kg weightlifting class is set to start at 10:00 am. It's likely
that this event will finish earlier than the others, and may become China's
first chance to win gold on home soil.
Not surprisingly has China dominated the weightlifting event for years, with
more than two outstanding athletes in the 48 kg class, one of which is world
record holder and world champion Yang Lian.
The teenager herself is optimistic about the Olympics and says she is
confident but that first she must qualify for the Games after some severe
competition from her compatriots.
Ma Guangwen, the judo, wrestling, and weightlifting sports administration
head said the weightlifters are already prepared for the 'first gold-clinching'
task, while the crucial problem will be keeping themselves relaxed and in good
physical condition by then.
The national shooting squad, the major medal prospect past years, may lose
the chance to shoot down China's first gold, though, head coach Wang Yifu says
he doesn't think the changes will dampen their confidence of winning gold in the
upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, "we will go for the gold with everything we
have, whether it is the first of the Games or not."
China's first medal prospects at Beijing Games can't be predicted simply
through a schedule that has yet to be finalized, BOCOG consultant and former
China Olympic Committee secretary general Wei Jizhong commented yesterday.
"There are generally two determining factors in clinching the first Olympic
medal," Wei said. "It should be an individual event along with final and
preliminary matches of this event on the same day, in accordance with
international practice. Because of this, shooting, archery and weightlifting
rank the top three possibilities.
Although the IOC issues strict requirements for Olympic cities concerning
competition calendar, the host is capable of making minimal adjustments to their
own advantage, Wei added.
Wie took the Sydney Olympics as an example where the Australian Olympic
Committee had scheduled the women's triathlon, one Australia's strongest events,
early in the morning of the first competition day, hoping to win the Games'
first gold. In the end, however, Switzerland won the gold.
Competition Schedule (by session) Version 2.07
schedule by session is not the final version and is subject to