Schedule & Results: Catch Up
The weight of the world on Rio’s shoulders
The strongest men and women in the world will be looking to raise the bar higher than ever before when they hit Rio for the 2016 Games. With many athletes able to lift over double their body weight, this ultimate test of strength always leaves the local crowd and audiences around the world in awe.
As one of the foundation sports of the modern Olympic Games, men’s weightlifting bounced in and out of Olympic competition before becoming a regular on the program from 1920. Women’s competition was introduced at the Sydney 2000 Games and has gone from strength to strength in each Games since.
Men to watch: Cameroon-born weightlifter Simplice Ribouem will get his chance to lift for Olympic glory for Australia after being selected to make his Olympic debut on the 2016 Team.
Ribouem, who lifted for his home country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games before seeking asylum in Australia, overcame great odds to earn his Olympic nomination. He spent 2015 battling malaria, with the Australian Open in December 2016 the first time he had lifted even close to full fitness in more than a year.
Women to watch: After being crowned “second fittest woman in the world” at the World CrossFit Games in 2015, Queenslander Tia-Clair Toomey will make her Olympic debut in 2016.
The 22-year-old weightlifter, from Gladstone, will compete in the 58kg division.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
NOCs earn quota places according to their position in the combined Team Classification by points, adding those scored in the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships (a maximum of six athletes can contribute to a team’s total points). The top 6 nations get 6 quota places, 7th-12th five quota places, 13th-18th four quota places and 19th-24th 3 quota places.
If Australia is not among the top 24 nations they will have the opportunity to earn one quota place for men and women in the Continental Qualification Event (date TBC by 31 December, 2015) with this once again decided in the combined Team Classification by points.
The final eight individual qualification places are allocated to the athletes, ranked in the top 15 in each bodyweight category, from NOCs which have not gained any quota places. The highest eight ranked athletes will be awarded these positions.
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Nomination to the AOC
In accordance with the quota places Australia obtains, AWF will identify the athlete(s) to be nominated to the AOC for selection based on their performances in AWF Qualifying Events, meeting minimum IWF and AWF participation requirements, and athletes having achieved the minimum competition Qualifying Standard on or before 28 may 2016 at an AWF sanctioned event. AWF will ultimately nominate the athlete(s) that has achieved the highest percentage result in their weight category at one of the AWF Qualifying Events.
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Selection by the AOC
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Appeals Tribunal Chair
- 19 June 2014 – 19 June 2016 – Qualification period
- 16 June 2016 - Olympic Qualification Ranking Lists for Individual Qualification published
Competition Format & Events
Weightlifters must complete two styles of lift on their journey to gold. The snatch comprises of a swift lift from the floor to above the head in a smooth movement. The clean and jerk allows the lifter to pull the bar to their shoulders and hold it momentarily before raising it above their head.
Lifters may have three attempts at each lift, with the best lift in each style counting for their accumulated total score. If lifters are tied, the lighter athlete wins.
There are eight events for men: - 56kg, - 62kg, - 69kg, - 77kg, - 85kg, - 94kg, - 105kg, + 105kg
There are seven events for women: - 48kg, - 53kg, - 58kg, - 63kg, - 69kg, - 75kg, + 75kg
Australia and Olympic Weightlifting
Keith Caple and Raymond Magee were Australia’s first Olympic weightlifting representatives when they hit the mat at the 1948 London Olympic Games. Four years later, at the 1952 Helsinki Games, Vern Barberis won Australia’s first medal after claiming bronze in the 67.5kg.
Dean Lukin would write his name in the record books in 1984 as he won Australia’s only Olympic weightlifting gold medal to date. In a golden era for the sport Robert Kabbas made it two medals in Los Angeles after he won silver in the 88.5kg. Stefan Botev claimed Australia’s last medal in the sport when he took home bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Women’s weightlifting made its Olympic debut in 2000 and Australia has had a female athlete at each Games since. Deborah Acason (Lovely), who competed in Athens and Beijing, is Australia’s only dual female Olympian.
Australia's Olympic weightlifting medal tally is: 4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
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Did you know
- Each competitor is allowed one minute between the calling of his or her name and the beginning of the attempt (A warning signal sounds with 30 seconds of allocated time left). When a competitor attempts two lifts in succession, he or she is allowed two minutes for the succeeding attempt (A warning signal sounds with 30 seconds of allocated time left).
- Belts stabilise and reduce stress on the spine while increasing the amount of flexion at the hips and knees as opposed to the spine.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
10 (Days 1-5, 7-11)
- Medal Events
15 (15 gold, 15 silver, 15 bronze)
- Total Athletes
260 (156 men & 104 women)
- AUS Athletes
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Aussie Weightlifter's Unique Roads to Rio 2 August 2016
After seeking asylum in Australia in 2006, Simplice Ribouem is now ready to compete for his adopted country. Meanwhile, Tia-Clair Toomey credits the sport of cross-fit for her selection in #OurTeam.
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