Weightlifting: European Championship Gives Quotas to 11 Nations

Turkey and Great Britain led all nations in the men’s and women’s Olympic rankings at the 2016 European Weightlifting Championships. The team rankings are constructed from points obtained from the top six men or top four women out of the nations which have not already qualified. The top seven men’s teams and the top six women’s teams qualify one athlete each. The European Weightlifting Championship was held in Forde, Norway from April 8th to April 16th 2016.

The women’s rankings were led by Great Britain with a total of 101 points with results from Rebekah Tiler (-69kg), Mercy Brown (+75kg), Zoe Smith (-63kg) and Emily Godley (-63kg). Also qualifying were Italy (98 points), France (95 points), Poland (95 points), Germany (89 points) and Spain (85 points). The nations missing the cut-off were Finland and Sweden whom both finished with 79 points. Despite winning the gold medal in the -58kg Boyanka Kostova’s Azerbaijan team was not strong enough to book a spot to the Olympics as the team finished with 74 points.

The men’s rankings were led by Turkey whose gold medals from Hursit Atak (-62kg) and Daniyar Ismayilov (-69kg) gave the team a total of 156 points. Also qualifying were Italy (139 points), Czech Republic (127 points), Hungary (120 points), Great Britain (118 points), Finland (113 points) and Slovakia (113 points). Lithuania came very close to qualifying, finishing with 110 points despite only sending 5 athletes to compete. Greece also finished just outside of Olympic qualifying with 109 points.

As with all weightlifting events the rankings are not finalized until all of the doping samples have been processed and cleared. Individual athletes from nations not yet qualified will be able to still qualify to the Olympics through the world rankings, published at the end of the qualifying period.


Quotas by Nations

  • Great Britain – 2
  • Italy – 2
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • France – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Hungary – 1
  • Poland – 1
  • Slovakia – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Turkey – 1




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