LONDON, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Weightlifter Zhou Jun of China has been entered in Group B of the women's 53kg category with a declared entry total of 150kg, 70kg less than her best listed result.
The final start list released by the International Weightlifting Federation on Friday has thrown up surprises in the women's 53kg category competition.
Zhou can still win a medal but it is considered a disadvantage to lift in Group B as the results are known to their Group A rivals, who can plan their strategy rather than react during the heat of battle.
It seems that it may be a tactical decision by the Chinese team to ease Zhou, 17, into the competition in a less pressured environment and set a tough target for the lifters to follow.
"Zhou is too young and lack of international competition experience. We want to make her feel easy in the competition," said Xu Jingfa, coach in the women's team.
"She can follow her own rhythm and won't take too much care to others' performance. She has a chance to win a medal," he added.
Zhou was a surprise selection by the Chinese team, coming into the competition without much international experience.
She competed at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in May, lifting a total of 220kg in the women's 58kg category, 10kg short of the what Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakstan did in the 53kg category in the last year's world championships in Paris.
Chinshanlo, 19, is considered as the hottest gold medal favorite in the 53kg category. She entered in Group A with a declared entry total of 227kg.
In the women's 69kg category, Oksana Slivenko of Russia, the world champion and favorite to take gold medal, was a last-minute withdrawal because of injury.
Slivenko's replacement, Natalya Zabolotnaya, will make an impact in the 75kg category, where she holds the world records in the snatch and total.
Zabolotnaya will resume a long-running rivalry with fellow Russian Nadezda Evstyukhina, the world champion and clean and jerk world record holder, and Svetlana Podobedova of Kazakstan, the 2010 world champion.
Special Report: London Olympics 2012