China's Zhou Lulu has broken the world record on her way to winning a gold medal.
China's Zhou Lulu has broken the world record on her way to winning a gold medal. Getty Images Sport - Jamie Squire

Farm girl breaks record

THE world's strongest woman is quite the weightlifter. She's just not much of a farmer.

China's Zhou Lulu won a record-smashing super-heavyweight battle against Tatiana Kashirina of Russia with a total of 333kg, more than any woman before in the two Olympic lifts.

But growing up, her size sometimes worked against her.

"My family owns an orchard where they grow apples. I tried to go there and work for a while and help them out, but when I entered the orchard I was too big," the 24-year-old Zhou said.

"Every time I turned around I would knock something over or hit one of the trees so all the apples would come tumbling down and I would step on them. So my parents told me to come out and just stop. I was doing more harm than good."

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