2017 ELEIKO EUROPEAN MASTERS & INTERNATIONAL MASTERS OPEN WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, HALMSTAD AUGUST 12TH-19TH 2017
“We are now ready to open the doors to our new facilities and welcome all competitors and other visitors. With 500 enlisted for the eight days of the event, there is a lot of excitement and the expectations are high. To see the competition in our own facilities is an honour. We are incredibly proud and we wish all participants good luck,” says Erik Blomberg, CEO of Eleiko.
From the 12th - 19th of August, the 2017 ELEIKO European Masters & International Masters Open Weightlifting Championships will be decided in Halmstad. The event will be held at Eleiko’s brand new Sport Center in Kistinge, Halmstad.
It is important for the contestants to have the opportunity to train during their stay in Halmstad, both before and after the events. CrossFit Svea and Crossfit Halmstad will keep their facilities open for all registered contestants.
The event will officially open on August 12th at 3:00 p.m. Carl-Fredrik Graf and European Masters Weightlifting chairman Bill Barton from Newcastle, England will be present amongst others.
500 masters weightlifting athletes, from forty-four nations, will compete for medals. The youngest contestant has barely turned 35, which is the minimum age limit for competing in weightlifting Masters events. Four contestants have turned eighty-three: Yevgen Tamchi from Ukraine, Teddy Kaplan from Israel, Jan Borkowski from Poland and Alexander Frolov from Russia. Despite their age, they are very skilled lifters.
Twelve lifters with current European or World Masters records are registered to compete, with Russian contestant Vladimir Sushchak expected to lift the most for the men. His current world record of 160kg in the snatch, 185kg in the clean and jerk and 345kg total in the M45 class, was set in the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand in April 2017. We will see him try to improve on some of these records.
On the women’s side, Maria Tacas from Hungary has several European records in the W50 class, and hopefully, she will make a few attempts to beat her previous records of 75kg in the snatch, 95kg in the clean and jerk and 170kg in the total.
There are sixty-seven registered lifters from Sweden. Annika Berntsson is the current favourite in class W45/65kg. Carin Nylén is at the top of her class, W40/63kg, and Susanne Andersson in class W35/75kg has a good chance for a medal.
On the men’s side from Sweden, Thomas Östlund tops the class M50/69kg with a great chance for the gold. Eric Nilsson in class M40/+105kg usually puts on a show, and a medal should be within reach for home as well.
For more information contact:
Johan Erling, event organizer
mobile: 0738-21 95 90
Jenny Wilde, Eleiko marketing manager
mobile: 076-526 04 04