Who’s on the mat
Men’s 81kg and 96kg events.
What to look out for
In the men’s 81kg, world record holder and reigning world champion from 2019 Lü Xiaojun of China is the odds-on favorite to win. His main rivals will be world bronze medalist Brayan Rodallegas from Colombia and Rejepbaý Rejepow from Turkmenistan, who will seek to emulate his compatriot Polina Guryeva and earn a second ever Olympic medal for his country.
As for the men’s 96kg, the gold will likely be a three-way race between world silver medalist Qatari Fares El-Bakh, world bronze medalist Georgian Anton Pliesnoi and Belarusian Yauheni Tsikhantsou, the 2019 world champion in a heavier weight class.
Competition schedule (Japan Standard Time)
♦ 11:50am: 81kg Group B
♦ 11:50am: 96kg Group B
♦ 3:50pm: 81kg Group A
♦ 7:50pm: 96kg Group A
Story of the day
Heavy favorite Shi Zhiyong of China won gold in dominant fashion in the men’s 73kg event on Wednesday. Zhiyong set a new world record in the process of 364kg across both lifts. Julio Mayora of Venezuela won his country’s first medal at Tokyo by placing second, and Indonesia’s Rahmat Erwin Abdullah took the bronze.
Medal count as of July 28th
1. China: 4 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
2. Chinese Taipei: 1 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
3. Canada: 1 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze
3. Philippines: 1 gold, 0 silver, 0 bronze
5. Indonesia: 0 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
6. Italy: 0 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
7. Colombia: 0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
7. India: 0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
7. Turkmenistan: 0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
7. Venezuela: 0 gold, 1 silver, 0 bronze
10. Kazakhstan: 0 gold, 0 silver, 2 bronze
11. Japan: 0 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
♦ Japanese bronze medalist Mikiko Ando severely injured her knee three weeks before the Games – now she’s a bronze medalist!
♦ Not to be outdone, new Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines overcame being stranded abroad last year for months by building her own gym and weights out of bamboo and water jugs.
♦ For more news about the Tokyo 2020 weightlifting competition, visit the IWF’s new website.
Where to follow
Compiled by ATR staff
This article is brought to you by the International Weightlifting Federation