American weightlifter, Mary Theisen-Lappen, made a formidable debut on the world weightlifting championships, incomes a silver medal. Nevertheless, regardless of her success, she might not be capable of compete within the Olympics based mostly on present rankings. Theisen-Lappen lifted a complete of 277 kilograms on the championships, ending simply behind South Korean athlete Park Hye-Jeong. China’s Li Wenwen, the reigning Olympic and world champion, was unable to compete resulting from harm. Theisen-Lappen is now the third American lady to have reached the rostrum on the championships.
In Olympic qualifying, Theisen-Lappen is presently behind Sarah Robles, a two-time Olympic bronze medalist. Olympic qualifying standings are decided by a lifter’s greatest efficiency within the snatch and clear and jerk over main competitions till April of subsequent yr. Regardless of ending fifth on the championships, Robles has a better complete than Theisen-Lappen in the course of the qualifying window. Throughout her ultimate clear and jerk try, Theisen-Lappen obtained a no-lift from the referees, which might have pushed her forward of Robles in qualifying. She accepted the ruling, however described the top outcome as bittersweet.
The subsequent Olympic qualifier for American weightlifters is a Grand Prix in December in Qatar, adopted by the Pan American Championships and a World Cup in April. These competitions will likely be essential for Theisen-Lappen and different athletes of their quest to safe a spot within the Olympics. With a most of three lifters per gender allowed per nation, and just one per weight class, the competitors for spots will likely be fierce.