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Elena Erighina won Silver (Total) in the Women’s 81 kg Category (2024 European Weightlifting Championships)

On day 7 of the European Championships in Sofia, it was time to witness the battle between the athletes in the 81 kg women’s category.

Even though it was a tough day for many of them, the good thing is that we still managed to see fantastic performances and a real fight for the top podium spots.

Elena Erighina from Moldova could be considered one of the surprises of the competition, especially considering she used to compete in a different weight class.

The Moldovian lifter started shakily, failing her first attempt on the Snatch, but thankfully, she reeled herself in and had two consecutive successful lifts for 99 kg and then for 103 kg, with her last one giving her the silver medal for the movement.


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Elena Erighina
Elena Erighina

After that, she showed a masterclass on the C&J, having three successful attempts and ending with 131 kg for second place (just one kg below first-placed Zielinska-Stubinska). With a total of 234 kg, Elena Erighina got the silver medal overall, and she missed the gold one by just one kilogram, so it was surely one of the most memorable performances of her career.

Prior to this accomplishment, Erighina’s previous accolades were from when she competed in the 87 kg women’s weight class, where she managed to win a silver medal from the 2021 European Championships and two gold medals from the U23 European and World Championships.  

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Read the full report about each day of the 2024 European Weightlifting Championships prepared by our media team. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay updated and follow this great event in the Olympic weightlifting world with us from the very beginning till the end!

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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