The second day of the European Weightlifting Championships in Moscow ended today with three decisions. For the German athletes there was even a gold medal in the clean and jerk by Jon Luke Mau and an important step towards the Olympics for Simon Brandhuber.
Brandhuber was also the one who started this morning already at 11 o’clock German time within the B group up to 61 kg. After surviving knee surgery, it was not primarily about the result, but to meet the necessary requirements for Olympic qualification with the participation. Two participations in the current weight class including a top 8 ranking within the current world ranking list were necessary. Currently Brandhuber is in 7th place, so he has a good chance to travel to Tokyo.
For the second German athlete, Jon Luke Mau, it went outstanding in the clean and jerk. After he had only one valid attempt in the snatch with 120 kg, he really turned up the heat in the clean and jerk. Three valid attempts and 162 kg in the end helped him to win the gold medal in the clean and jerk. This was enough for 6th place in the final ranking.
The Bulgarian Stilyan GROZDEV (136 kg/160 kg) won in front of the Georgian Shota MISHVELIDZE (135 kg/155 kg) and the Turk Ferdi HARDAL (130 kg/157 kg).
The young Belgian Nina Sterckx set an example in the weight category up to 55 kg. With unfortunately only three valid attempts (88 kg/109 kg) she was nevertheless among the front runners and finished third overall behind Kamila KONOTOP (95 kg/113 kg) from Ukraine and Svetlana ERSHOVA (88 kg/112 kg) from Russia.
Already in the early afternoon there was another decision in the male weight class up to 55 kg. The Bulgarian Angel RUSEV (111 kg/147 kg) won ahead of the Romanian Valentin IANCU (108 kg/140 kg) and the Ukrainian Dmytro VORONOVSKYI (110 kg/137 kg).