Dekha takes benefit of Valentin’s absence to win controversial European gold
Iryna Dekha of Ukraine took benefit of Lidia Valentin’s absence to win gold on the European Weightlifting Championships in Moscow and successfully affirm her place as Europe’s prime qualifier within the ladies’s 76 kilograms for Tokyo 2020.
Valentin had a extreme assault of gastroenteritis over the weekend and needed to go to the hospital fairly than fly to Moscow.
It was a controversial success for Dekha, as Russian teenager Iana Sotieva believed she gained by doing her final 137kg clear and jerk.
Sotieva, 18, the younger European champion, shouted and jumped for pleasure after listening to the buzzer however her effort was deemed “no raise”, presumably for a press launch.
The Russian coaches protested briefly however the hosts rapidly restored their dignity and Dekha obtained his medal.
Russian ladies now have six silver or bronze medals and that is the closest the workforce has come to a victory at these European championships.
Dekha’s complete of 248 kg was 2 kg larger than Sotieva’s with one other Russian, Anastasiia Romanova, third.
Defending champion Darya Naumava of Belarus weighed simply 240 kg and was fourth.
The favored Spaniard Valentin, who’s attempting to qualify for her fourth Olympic Video games on the age of 36, remains to be in a very good place and may earn precious factors on the Ibero American Open in Cali, Colombia, in Could. ‘she intends to do.
To present herself a greater likelihood of qualifying, she will transfer as much as the 87 kg class at Cali.
Valentin gained gold, silver and bronze in his three Olympic appearances, the primary two after his rivals have been disqualified for doping a number of years later.
It was solely the third time since 2002 that Valentin has missed the European Championships, wherein she has competed 16 occasions and gained 4 gold, 5 silver and two bronzes in complete since 2007.
Dekha is anticipated to assert the highest spot for Europe within the Tokyo qualifiers, and after Naumava’s effort it stays to be seen what Valentin must do because the amended qualifying guidelines have but to be introduced by the Worldwide Federation of weightlifting (IWF).
There have been extra factors obtainable in Moscow, a “gold” occasion, than there might be in Cali, which is “silver”.
Within the non-Olympic males’s 89 kg class, younger Armenian Karen Avagyan gained his first senior title when Georgian Revaz Davitadze failed along with his final try at 205 kg – and completed second by 1 kg for the second time in a row.
Avagyan, 21, made 175-200-375 and made it more durable than he ought to have by lacking his final two makes an attempt.
Avagyan’s older teammate Andranik Karapetyan completed third.
With three days remaining, Bulgaria are nonetheless on the prime of the medal standings.