Cao win's China's 7th weightlifting gold

Aug. 15, 2008, 5:39 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Cao Lei won China's seventh weightlifting gold medal and smashed three Olympic records Friday in the women's 75-kilogram division.

The two-time world champion dominated the competition as expected, heaving 128 kg (282.2 pounds) in the snatch and 154 kg (339.5 pounds) in the clean and jerk.

She set new Olympic records in both events as well as with her total score of 282 kg (621.7 pounds).

Alla Vazhenina of Kazakhstan won a close duel for the silver medal with Russian lifter Nadezda Evstyukhina.

Cao's win capped China's gold rush in women's weightlifting. Chinese women entered four of the seven weight categories - the maximum allowed - and won all four.

The Olympic host has also won three gold medals in the men's competition.