The greatest information to come back out of the world Olympic weightlifting in a very long time is the new weight classes. Earlier this week the International Weightlifting Federation introduced the formation of ten new IWF weight lessons and 7 new weight lessons for Olympic opponents.
The new lessons haven’t technically been ratified by the IWF’s congress, however at this level they’re roughly thought-about closing, and as is the case with any main change in nearly any space of sport or politics, it was met with some controversy.
One of the most hotly debated facets of the new weight lessons? For potential Olympic opponents, there’s now a twelve-kilogram distinction between two of the most competitive (new) weight lessons for girls, -64kg and -76kg. Prior to this the girls’s weights went -63kg, -69kg, and -75kg, so athletes used to competing at the -69kg mark have been thrown for a loop. (Note that non-Olympic worldwide and nationwide competitions may have a -71kg class for girls, however this gained’t be the case at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.)
Naturally, eyes turned to Mattie Rogers. The top-ranked -69kg feminine athlete in the United States, she holds each American file in the weight class and has all the time had her eyes set on competing at the Olympics — and he or she’s all the time been public about her difficulties in gaining weight. Her preliminary response to the new weight lessons:
64 – 76 with nothing in between for the new Olympic physique weight classes. That is actually insane
— Mattie Rogers (@mattie_rogers) July 5, 2018
Today she took to Instagram to debate her plans going ahead, which had been connected to a couple photographs of easy block snatches.
In response to the new weight lessons (…), I’m pumped to raise in the 71kg class. 67.9 as of this morning, so we’ll simply proceed this bulk. I’m 5’7” and 10-12% physique fats round 68-69, so 64kg is NOT an possibility. It’s not healthy. I’ve been there. Longevity sensible & health sensible, up is the solely solution to go.
76kg being the solely Olympic class sucks yeah, however it’s what it’s and I sit up for getting as near that as attainable. When the determination is lose 10lbs or achieve 18lbs, ya gotta simply discover somethin optimistic in there and go for it.
Gaining weight could be very tough for my physique, so I’m embracing this problem. Just a few extra kilos (or quite a lot of) ought to deliver some good modifications to my strength. And NO don’t say “just eat more” it’s not that straightforward for some folks.
Time to get larger & stronger & take pleasure in the shit out of this sport for ME. I’m right here for a great time AND a very long time ?
It’s a brand new period for weightlifters round the world, and the new weight lessons have actually modified training plans and techniques for numerous opponents. We hope Rogers succeeds in something she commits to, new weight lessons and all.
Featured picture through @mattiecakesssss on Instagram.