Weightlifting: 3 Continental records on the roof of Africa

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The African Weightlifting Championships ended on Sunday 30 May in Nairobi, Kenya. Fourteen nations and 79 athletes took part in the competition.

Algeria has done well

Walid Bidani, the untouchable. Already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 26-year-old Algerian won 3 gold medals. The three-time African champion lifted 201 kg in the snatch and 215 kg in the clean and jerk, for a total of 416 kg. He thus improves his African record in the snatch. « Thanks to his continental title, Walid Bidani has increased his points capital to 3,768 units. A performance that officially qualifies him for the Tokyo Olympics, » said the federal body in a statement on its official website. He is now among the best Algerian athletes of all time.

Indeed. Faris Touairi (89 kg) and Walid Bidani (+109 kg); marked the 2nd and 5th day of the African Senior Championships, held on Saturday in Nairobi (Kenya).

In addition to Bidani’s performance, Faris Touairi (89 kg), won three gold medals and broke the African snatch record by lifting a bar at 165 kg. The Algerian selection also relied on Faris Touiri.

Mission accomplished for Madagascar.

The four weightlifters who participated in the African Weightlifting Championships all returned home with medals around their necks. In spite of the travel problems, the Malagasy weightlifters showed that they are still the best on the continent. The Malagasy delegation won a total of twelve medals, eight gold, one silver and three bronze.

Tojonirina Andriantsitohaina and Rosina Randafiarison, between them, won six precious metals. A real full card for the two young prodigies of Malagasy weightlifting. Tojo Andriantsitohaina in the under 67 kg class put everyone in agreement by outclassing his opponents.

In fact, for Tojonirina, muscles are his work tool. He lifted the bar to 137 kg in the snatch and 166 kg in the clean and jerk, for an Olympic total of 303 kg. What’s more; Tojo improved his own continental record in the under 67kg snatch from 136kg achieved at the 2019 African Championships at home to 137kg. This performance; allowed Tojo to improve his world ranking and point which invites him to the Tokyo Games in July. « This was just the beginning. I want to go beyond this record in Tokyo. In the long term, the goal is to make a podium at the Paris 2024 Games or the 2028 Games, » he said.

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© Credit photos : Sport Algerie

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