Four weightlifters, four finalists?
CUBAN weightlifting is aspiring to
place its four representatives to the London
Olympics among the top eight within their respective
(77kg), two-time world
Yoelmis Hernández (85 kg) from Pinar del Río,
one of Cuba’s great hopes.
medalist in the clean and jerk, could
win a medal in London 2012.
At 23 years of age, veteran Sergio
Alvarez (56kg) will again lead the team. This is his
third trip to the Olympics and he will try to break
the spell that has sent him home without a medal
each time. To do so, he must better his performance
in Beijing ’08, where he placed sixth in the 272kg
biathlon (120-152). His most recent rigorous test
was during the 16th Pan American Games in
Guadalajara, a competition he won with 267
(119-148). In London he will need to total 280 or
Cuba will have two representatives
in this division, with Yasmani Romero, as well,
currently ranked number 11 world-wide with 257
(110-147) in the continental competition held in
Antigua, Guatemala. His performance there did not
reflect his strength, particularly in the snatch. In
his latest trial here in Cuba, he lifted 116kg.
In this division, Chinese Jingbiao
Wu, world champion with 292 (133-159), and runner-up
Chaojun Zhao 284 (128-156), Azerbijan’s Valentin
Hristov 280 (125-155) and the Vietnamese Le Quoc
Tran 279 (126-153) will be his most challenging
Completing the team is Iván Cámbar
(77) and Yoelmis Hernández (85) from Pinar del Río,
two-time World medalist in the clean and jerk. Both
took honors in the Pan Americans: Cámbar with 338
(150-188) and Hernández with 363 (158-205).
Following that event, Cámbar underwent surgery for a
second time on his right elbow and Yoelmis, despite
wining a bronze in the Paris World championship,
with 205, reported back problems.
Both now appear to be in excellent
physical condition and are attempting to further
improve at a high altitude training center in Mexico.
The leaders in these weight
divisions in Paris? China’s Xiajon Lu 375 (170-205)
and Iranian Kianoush Rostami 382 (173-209).
This coming July 28, 260
weightlifters (including 104 women) will attempt to
lift the most on the platform. Among them will be
four Cubans, striving to make the final cut and