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. Before the end of this week, over 500 athletes between the ages of 35 and 83 will have participated.
“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 anhonour. We are incredibly proud and we wish all participants good luck,” says Erik Blomberg, CEO of Eleiko.
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.
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 snatch, 185kg in 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.
The Number One Strength Company
At Eleiko, we work to make people stronger so they can perform better - in sports and in life. For over 60 years, Eleiko has been a worldwide leader within international weightlifting, powerlifting and strength & conditioning communities. Eleiko is uniquely certified by the IWF, IPF and Para-Powerlifting federations. Our products have been delivered to more than 180 countries and are often seen at the world’s largest championships and in the most respected strength training facilities. More than 1,000 world records have been set with an Eleiko barbell. With quality, innovation and customer service as guiding principles, Eleiko is the leading equipment provider and educator in strength.