Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Weightlifting wild card at the Olympics

Kenya has received a wild card slot in weightlifting for the London Olympics. On Monday, the National champion Mercy Obiero Apondi received a chance to represent the nation in the Olympics by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
She had failed to gain the slot at the African senior Weightlifting Championship held in Nairobi in March and April. At the qualifiers Kenya women finished eighth with Algeria being the overall best, while the men’s side finished tenth with Nigeria leading the pack.
Obiero who is placed 25th in Africa has competed in weight categories ranging from 69kg to 63kg and has a personal best of 115kg in the clean and jerk and a further 80kg in the snatch.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Obiero settled for a distant sixth in the women’s 63kg after amassing a total of 156kg with 91kg in the clean and jerk and 65kg in the snatch.
Obiero will now represent the nation alongside boxers Benson Gicharu and Elizabeth Andiego, as well as the Dunford brothers who participate in the swimming division.

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