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27 Nov 2003
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Weightlifting: qualifying for Athens

At the 73rd Men's and 16th Women's World Championships in Vancouver last week, the 500 competitors not only fought for the Championship medals, but also for their nation's right to send lifters to the Athens Olympic Games.

27 countries assured their presence
Weightlifting's male quota for Athens is 170, of which 27 countries have already reserved 120 places at the Vancouver World Championships, the main Olympic Qualification Event in this sport. In the women's competition, 17 nations have booked 57 places, with a further 33 still to be allocated.

Asia dominant
Asia was clearly dominant in Vancouver since five out of the eight men's world champions represented Asia; and six out of the seven women's world champions also came from that continent, the other being from Europe.

No luck and good luck!
Stars with Olympic gold medals won in Sydney or at previous Games found no luck in Vancouver. Only Ding Meiyuan, CHN (+75kg women), Halil Mutlu, TUR (62kg), and Hossein Reza Zadeh, IRI (+105kg), were exceptions to this rule of bad fortune.

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