Five Indonesian weightlifters qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Five Indonesian weightlifters qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Illustration - A weightlifter is ready to lift a barbel at the gym (ANTARA/Shutterstock)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Five Indonesian weightlifters have qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo scheduled from July 23 to August 8.

According to the Tokyo 2020 ranking list issued by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on its official website on Saturday, the five Indonesian weightlifters are Windy Cantika Aisah in the 49-kilogram (kg) category, Eko Yuli Irawan in the 61-kg category, Deni in the 67-kg category, Rahmat Erwin Abdullah in the 73-kg category, and Nurul Akmal in the 87 plus-kg category.

Aisah, Irawan, Deni, and Akmal qualified for the Summer Olympic Games since they rank among the world's top eight, thereby serving as a safe threshold to Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Abdullah, currently ranked 11th, is entitled to a quota through continental allotment.

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"The process is extremely exciting, especially for Rahmat Erwin Abdullah, because in the pre-qualification stage in April 2019, he had still tried to feature among the top 13 weightlifters in the world," Chief of the Development and Achievement Section of the Indonesian Weightlifting Association (PABISI) Hadi Wihardja noted in a press statement released on Saturday.

"However, it was not until June 6, 2021, that the IWF had continued to adjust the points of each weightlifter, and Rahmat can eventually represent Asia, along with China, Japan, and South Korea in the Tokyo Olympic," he remarked.
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