Men’s 94 kg: An opened field
|Szymon Kolecki (POL)||Roman Konstantinov (RUS)|
Out of the six medalists who won in the last two Olympic Games, only the silver winners, Szymon Kolecki (POL) and Khadzhimurat Akkaev (RUS), are participating in this year’s competition. Kolecki also clinched third place in the 2007 WC held in Chiangmai, and second place in the 2006 WC in Santo Domingo. Akkaev has to start in group B. It would not be a surprise if he could manage from group B to come through for a medal. The two are highly expected to claim honors again for their countries. Roman Konstantinov (RUS) is also a competitive weightlifter in this category. He ranked first in both the snatch and total weight at the 2007 WC, and in the 2006 WC he lifted the largest weight in the snatch for a third place finish in the total. The 25-year-old also won the 2007 European Championship in.
Also expected to perform well is Yoandry Hernandez(CUB), who clinched first place in the clean and jerk and second in total weight at the 2007 WC.