For a long time, the athletes were uncertain about when and where this year’s European Championships would take place. Originally, the European Championships were to be held in Bulgaria, but due to a dispute in the leadership of the Bulgarian weightlifting federation, the European Championships had been moved from Bulgaria to Albania on the one hand and from April to the end of May on the other.
The two Weightlifting Shop athletes Lisa Marie Schweizer and Max Lang have a goal in mind in their preparation and have already started with the specific training for this international competition. “Every competition has a high value for me, but the European Championships is my main competition. I’ve been training for it since the beginning of the year and for me personally, it’s very important to perform well in Albania,” Schweizer said.
For the 26-year-old it is the first international competition after the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year and therefore also after her back injury. In the run-up to the Olympics, Schweizer suffered a slipped disc, but she didn’t give up and fought her way back. She got great support from a physiotherapist as well as a doctor, just a week later she was back on the platform with the barbell and flying to Tokyo. Now she wants to perform again on the international platform at this year’s European Championships in Albania in the weight category up to 71 kg.
At last year’s European Championships in Moscow, the Speyer athlete competed in the 64 kg weight category and came fourth in the snatch and clean and jerk as well as in the total. Due to the new Olympic weight classes, however, Schweizer had decided to lift one weight class higher, i.e. up to 71 kg.
She still has until the end of April to meet the European Championship standard for this weight class. This is 212 kg in the total. At the moment, Schweizer has to take a break from training for the most part due to a corona infection, but she hopes to be able to get going again soon. “At the moment I’m still five kilograms short of the standard. But I would like to reach it in our Bundesliga competition on April 2 against Durlach.”
Lang can defend title
Weightlifting Shop athlete Lang keeps the past European Championships in very good memory. In the weight category up to 73 kg, in which he will also compete this year, the Mutterstadt athlete secured the gold medal in the clean and jerk with a valid 185 kg in his third attempt. “Since the weight classes have been changed for this year, I don’t know who will compete in my class. That’s why my goals range from a good and safe competition to defending my title. Nevertheless, I would like to achieve as much as possible at the European Championships, of course, and I will give everything I can.”
But Lang also has to meet the European Championship standard. The standard is 322 kg for him currently weighing three kilograms over his competition weight ( athletes should reach their competition weight only very shortly before the main competition). “It’s definitely manageable and I still have the chance to make the standard both in our Bundesliga competition against Chemnitz on April 9 and maybe also in the final.” The AC Mutterstadt could still qualify for the Bundesliga final in case of a win in Chemnitz and a simultaneous defeat of Schwedt against Obrigheim.
The Weightlifting Shop wishes Lisa Marie Schweizer and Max Lang good luck! In our magazine, we will keep you updated about this year’s European Championship in Albania!