THE British Senior Weightlifting Championships takes place in Derbyshire on Saturday, and for any athletes dreaming of competing at the 2012 Olympics it represents their last chance to get a qualifying performance under their belts.
Most of the country’s top weightlifters will be in action at the event, which is being staged at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton throughout the day.
Many of the current GB team have already reached the Olympic qualifying B standard, but with a maximum of just five places in the team for this summer’s London Olympics, the pressure is on to put on their best performances in a bid to get the nod from the selectors.
“This is the final qualifying event for athletes wanting to go to the London Olympics, so it really is now or never for anyone hoping to be performing in London later this year,” said British Weight Lifting Performance Manager Fiona Lothian.
“Many of our athletes have made great progress over the last few months of the qualifying period, but it’s a really tough call and nothing has been decided. In many ways, the British Championships will be a great test of their ability to deliver good lifts while under pressure.”
The weigh-in begins at 7am with the first categories beginning at 9am and continuing throughout the day.
Results from the British Championships will be available on the British Weight Lifting website shortly after the event.