The German athletes again showed very good results on the fourth competition day of the European Weightlifting Championship. Our Weightlifting Shop athletes showed outstanding performances, too.
Amanda Poulsen (83 kg/105 kg) from Denmark was the first athlete of our team to compete in the B group up to 64 kg this morning. Unfortunately, she did not manage a perfect start into the competition and remained with 188 kg in total – clearly below her possibilities.
In the afternoon the decision of the weight class up to 64 kg came up. The German athletes Lisa Marie Schweizer and Sabine Kusterer were part of this category. The competition did not fully go according to Schweizer’s plan (100 kg/118 kg) but with three valid lifts she managed a new international PR of 218 kg. She came in fourth place for in the snatch, clean and jerk and total. Sabine Kusterer (94 kg/116 kg) came in seventh place with three valid lifts.
Weightlifting Shop athlete Sarah Davies (101 kg/129 kg) from Great Britain showed a squeaky clean competition in this category with six valid lifts, which brought her safely to second place. She remained ahead of the Russian Anastasiia ANZOROVA (100 kg/122 kg) and behind the sovereign winner Loredana TOMA (114 kg/130 kg) from Romania.
However, the highlight, including a thrill worthy of Hollywood, was offered by Max Lang. After two no lifts in the snatch with 145 kg he fought his way back. After the valid third lift in the snatch at 145 kg he showed a legit clean and jerk. He kept his nerve and got the European title in the clean and jerk with a valid 185 kg lift.
Max could not intervene in the overall ranking because of his suboptimal performance in snatch.
The silver medal winner at Rio Olympics, Daniyar ISMAYILOV from Turkey (160 kg/181 kg), won ahead of Marin ROBU from Moldova (156 kg/183 kg) and Briken CALJA from Albania (152 kg/184 kg). Weightlifting Shop athlete David Sanchez (149 kg/183 kg) won the bronze medal in the clean and jerk and was able to take 2 kg away from Max in the final standings in the fight for the Olympic spot. So now it comes to the all-decisive showdown at the next international IWF event in Colombia.
There will be again exciting competitions tomorrow. The German Nico Müller and our Weightlifting Shop athlete Antonino Pizzolato (Italy) will be competing in the category up to 81 kg tomorrow evening. The female weight class up to 71 kg will also be decided.
We will report again in detail about the competitions tomorrow.