While two athletes, Simon Brandhuber and Nico Müller, have already been qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games, four other athletes are still hoping for the coveted Olympic spot.
In Cali, Colombia, they now have the last chance to qualify on their own.
Yesterday, Monday, the “SOUTHAMERICAN – IBOAMERICAN and OLYMPIC GAMES 2021 Qualifying OPEN” started in Cali. Despite the civil war-like riots of the last days, the Colombian federation held on to host the event and thus also gives the German team around national coach David Kurch the last chance to qualify.
One can speak here of German woman power since the German Weightlifting federation sends three female athletes to Cali. All three still have a theoretical chance to win an Olympic spot and want to show what they are capable of on-site.
First and foremost is certainly Lisa Marie Schweizer. The 25-year-old sports police officer from Rhineland-Palatinate has shown a more than convincing performance development since the European Championships about one and a half months ago and is currently brimming with self-confidence. Two weeks ago she was able to set another exclamation point with a 225 kg total at the Bundesliga and will also strive for new PBs in her competition on Thursday.
Lisa Marie Schweizer continues to show her top shape in training
If it will be enough for Schweizer – as for all other participating German athletes – will only become clear after May 31st, 2021. Because on this day the qualification period ends, which has once again been adjusted by the IWF. Only after the end of the qualification period and the deletion of all ineligible athletes, a final statement about Tokyo can be made.
For the German participants, it is therefore a matter of delivering the full performance potential and bringing as many kilos as possible to the stage. In addition to Lisa Marie Schweizer, Sabine Kusterer will compete in the up to 64 kg weight category, Patricia Rieger will compete in the category up to 81 kg.
Things are also getting serious for our Weightlifting Shop athlete Max Lang. Although he won the gold medal in the clean and jerk, the European Championships did not go according to plan for him. He missed valuable kilos in the overall ranking and now has to make up for them in order to still have a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
Especially with the change to his new coach Andre Dörrzapf, Lang showed what he is made of in the last months. However, he now has to confirm his good performances in training into the competition.
Two more Weightlifting Shop athletes will also compete in Cali. The young Spaniard Atenery Hernandez as well as the young Belgian Nina Sterckx will fight for their Olympic spots in the up to 55 kg weight category.
As usual, we will report on the individual events and provide you with background information and competition results. The link to the livestream as well as the startbook is listed below for you.