Zulfiya Chinshanlo

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Template:Lang-kk; Template:Lang-ru; Template:Zh, born 25 July 1993) is a Kazakh weightlifter.[1] She set a world record in the clean and jerk on 29 July 2012 at the 2012 London Olympics by lifting 131 kg.[2][3]

However, the validity of her record and title was called into question by a positive blood test result for the banned steroids oxandrolone and stanozolol, and she was "provisionally suspended" by the International Weightlifting Federation.[4] Chinshanlo earned a gold medal at the 2014 World Championships. This was Kazakhstan's first podium finish at the competition.[5]

On 27 October 2016, the IOC stripped her of both her gold medal and world and Olympic records as a result of her doping positive.[6]

Athletic career

On 8 November 2012, Kazakhstan London Olympic champion Zulfiya Chinshanlo got the Olympic Council of Asia award as the best Asian athlete, along with Ilya Ilyin and Olga Rypakova.[7]

Zulfiya, according to her official profile, is an ethnic Dungan and speaks a Chinese language (Dungan language) as her first language.

According to Chinese official media Xinhua News, Zulfiya was born and grew up in Hunan Province, China, thus she has a Chinese name and can speak Chinese much more fluently than Russian. She emigrated to Kazakhstan in 2008 along with Maiya Maneza with the approval of Hunan sport officials[8] on a five-year lease contract. She returned to China in 2012.[1][9]

Chinese media wrote that the weightlifter received her Chinese ID in the Public Security Department of Changsha city on 22 October and was going to join the Chinese national team, because her 5-year contract with Kazakhstan allegedly expired.

But Kazakhstan sports authorities insist that Zulfiya Chinshanlo is a citizen of Kazakhstan:

“Zulfiya Chinshanlo is our sportswoman. I don’t know why foreign media is discussing a change of her citizenship. She is a citizen of Kazakhstan. She had been living and training in Kazakhstan since she was 14. No official claims have been submitted to our Agency or the Weightlifting Federation. Zulfiya was on vacation and decided to visit her relatives in China. After a break she will go back to training for the world championships and the next Olympics as a member of Kazakhstan national team,” Agency for Sports and Physical Culture Talgat Yermegiyayev said.[10][11]

On 27 October 2012 Chinshanlo came back from China and announced:

“I would like to say that everything written about me in China is not true. I have proved it by coming back to Kazakhstan and being here right now. I would like to thank everyone who supported me. Once again, all these rumors are lies and I don’t want to return to discussing this issue again.”[12]

However, according to official Kazakh records, Zulfiya was born 25 July 1993 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Her father Salakhar Chinshanlo is a businessman who speaks fluently both Russian and Dungan language.

2012 London Olympics

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Chinshanlo on a 2013 stamp of Kazakhstan
Rank Athlete Group Body weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total
1 2 3 Result 1 2 3 Result
DSQ Template:Gold1 Template:FlagIOCathlete A 52.70 92 92 95 95 125 131 135 131 226
Template:Silver2 Template:FlagIOCathlete A 52.41 91 94 96 96 120 123 123 123 219
DSQ Template:Bronze3 Template:FlagIOCathlete A 52.79 95 99 99 99 115 120 125 120 219


Major results

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2012 Template:Flag icon London, United Kingdom 53 kg 92 92 95 3 125 131 <s>135 1 226 Template:Gold1
World Championships
2009 Template:Flag icon Goyang, South Korea 53 kg <s>87 87 90 5 120 125 129 Template:Gold1 219 Template:Gold1
2011 Template:Flag icon Paris, France 53 kg 93 97 <s>100 Template:Gold1 120 126 130 Template:Gold1 227 Template:Gold1
2014 Template:Flagicon Almaty, Kazakhstan 53 kg 95 <s>98 98 Template:Silver2 127 133 134 Template:Gold1 232 Template:Gold1
Asian Games
2010 Template:Flag icon Guangzhou, China 53 kg 90 95 97 2 122 <s>130 <s>130 3 219 Template:Silver2
2014 Template:Flagicon Incheon, South Korea 53 kg 93 <s>96 96 3 125 132 <s>137 1 228 Template:Silver2
Youth Olympic Games
2010 Template:Flag icon Singapore, Singapore 58 kg 90 95 <s>97 2 120 125 130 2 225 Template:Silver2
World Youth Championships
2009 Template:Flagicon Chiang Mai, Thailand 58 kg 85 89 92 Template:Bronze3 115 <s>123 <s>123 Template:Bronze3 207 Template:Bronze3

In June 2016, IWF announced that retests of the samples taken from the 2012 Olympics indicated that Zulfiya Chinshanlo had tested positive for prohibited substances, namely Oxandrolone and Stanazolol. Three other Kazakhs were failed the doping test: Ilya Ilyin, Maiya Maneza and Svetlana Podobedova.[13] Their Olympic medals may be revoked.

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