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February 17, 2009
2008 Lifters of the Year: Liu Chunhong and Matthias Steiner

2008 FEMALE WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR: China's Liu Chunhong breaks the world record in the clean & jerk by lifting 158 kg in the women's 69kg weightlifting competition at the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Gymnasium during Day 5 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 13, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

From Dezső Dobor
International Weightlifting Federation Media officer and AIPS Member

BUDAPEST, February 17, 2009 - World Weightlifting, the International Weightlifting Federation's official quarterly -
according to its traditions - has asked the international weightlifting public to vote for the best weightlifters of the year.

It was the 27th Lifter of the Year election for the men, and the 18th election for the women. For the first time, online voting was available on the IWF website.

Among the women, Chinese Liu Chunhong proved to be the Best of 2008. Liu won her second Olympic gold medal
and set up a further five world records in Beijing. Among the men, Matthias Steiner from Germany, the +105kg hero received the highest number of votes.

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