While Maude Charron (105 kg/131 kg) wins gold, Germany’s Lisa Marie Schweizer (100 kg/117 kg) showed a convincing competition despite bad luck due to injury. Even without personal bests, there can only be a lot of respect for Schweizer’s performance.
Pure excitement filled the air when the athletes of the up to 64 kg weight category entered the stage at the Tokyo International Forum just in time for Japanese prime time. The Olympic champion already demonstrated her class in the snatch and started with the highest initial load. In the further course of the evening, it became clear that there was no way around her today. After two valid snatch attempts, the 27-year-old Canadian did not let herself be shaken in the clean and jerk. Despite a short moment of weakness at 128 kg, she then managed 131 kg for a well-deserved gold medal.
The competition of her life was shown by the 34-year-old Italian Giorgia Bordignon (104 kg/128 kg). The sixth of the Olympics event in Rio showed six valid attempts and thus relegated Wen-Huei Chen (103 kg/127 kg) from Taiwan to third place. Chen took already the second medal in the weightlifting events for the island state, today. Since Kuo already won gold in the up to 59 kg weight category.
The fourth-placed Colombian Mercedes Isabel Perez Tigrero (101 kg/126 kg) cut an almost tragic figure. As was the case at the 2016 Games in Rio, it was again “only” enough for fourth place in 2021. In tears, the 33-year-old collapsed while still on stage and had to be taken off the stage by officials.
Also for fifth-place finisher the evening did not went as expected. For Weightlifting Shop athlete Sarah Davies (100 kg/127 kg) things just didn’t go according to plan on this day. After only 100 kg in the snatch, the Brit played high poker and started with 127 kg in the clean and jerk.
Due to a failed attempt at this load, an increase to 133 kg in the last attempt was the only possibility to keep the chance for a medal. Davies missed this chance and will probably already be thinking about Paris 2024. However, the Brit is not only fighting for Olympic medals. As a chairperson of the IWF’s Athlete Commission, she also fights for the reform of weightlifting and the preservation of the sport in the Olympic program. A job whose appropriate reward can probably only be the continued existence of weightlifting itself. Sixth place went to Equador’s Angie Paola Palacois Dajomes (104 kg/122 kg), seventh place to Philippine Elreen Ann Ando (100 kg/122 kg) and Cuban Marina de la Caridad Rodriguez Mitjan (98 kg/123 kg) took eighth place.
Lisa Marie Schweizer’s closest competitor in the fight for the Olympic qualification, Nuray Levente (100 kg/120 kg) from Turkey, finished 9th that evening.
Schweizer with slipped disc in 10th place
Meanwhile, Lisa Marie Schweizer provided probably the most impressive performance of the German Weightlifter Federation so far. The viewers in front of the tv sets could not only pay respect to Schweizer due to her ranking on this evening. Schweizer, who was diagnosed with a slipped disc about 2 weeks before her departure, worked tirelessly. Not only against the pain but also against the mental challenges of this diagnosis. Thus, it cannot be valued highly enough how the young policewoman threw herself under the barbell that evening.
In the snatch, she started strong, showed two valid attempts with 97 and 100 kg, and only failed in the third attempt at 102 kg. So she made only 4 kilograms less at today’s competition than she did at the Olympic test event at the beginning of July before her disc slipped.
In the clean and jerk, Schweizer showed a lack of training. After a valid 117 kg opening attempt, 121 kg were simply too heavy for the native of Brandenburg on this evening. But Schweizer can look toward Paris with one joyful eye. If weightlifting retains its Olympic status until 2024, Schweizer may certainly be one of the athletes to watch fighting for one of the medal spots.
On tomorrow’s fifth day, there will be no German participation. Since Max Lang did not qualify there is no German athlete competing in the up to 73 kg weight category.
START LIST MEN -73 kg, B-Group (13:50 PM/06:50 AM)
|🇲🇦 MOUM Abderrahim||18.09.2000||250 kg|
|🇲🇽 CARDENAS ESTRADA Jorge Adan||21.04.1997||320 kg|
|🇮🇩 ABDULLAH Rahmat Erwin||13.10.2000||320 kg|
|🇦🇺 WAKELING Brandon Dean||02.02.1994||280 kg|
|🇰🇿 ALHUMAYD Mahmoud Mohammed S||05.09.1993||320 kg|
START LIST MEN -73 kg, A-Group (19:50 PM/12:50 AM)
|🇧🇬 ANDREEV Bozhidar Dimitrov||17.01.1997||347 kg|
|🇲🇩 ROBU Marin||19.03.2000||345 kg|
|🇨🇳 SHI Zhiyong||10.10.1993||355 kg|
|🇯🇵 MIYAMOTO Masanori||03.02.1997||341 kg|
|🇦🇱 CALJA Brike||19.02.1990||330 kg|
|🇹🇳 BEN HNIA Karem||13.11.1994||349 kg|
|🇺🇸 CUMMINGS JR Clarence||06.06.2000||345 kg|
|🇻🇪 MAYORA PERNIA Julio Ruben||09.02.1996||350 kg|
|🇪🇸 SANCHEZ LOPEZ David||20.07.1994||330 kg|