News Olympic Weightlifting QATAR 2023

Ritvars Suharevs Finishes on Top of The Podium at IWF Grand Prix II

The Latvian lifter, who has been turning eyes in the international Weightlifting competition scene since 2012, arrived at Qatar with his eyes on the prize. He came, he saw, and he conquered the total of the 73 kg category with a whopping 341 kg result.

In an fascinating display of strength, the Latvian weightlifter kept our eyes glued to him during his whole performance. When it came to the Snatch, he did all three attempts successfully, lifting 150 kg on his first attempt, 154 kg on his second and 156 kg on his last attempt, grating him the second place on this lift, 6 kg ahead Mosquera, his Colombian rival and only 4 kg behind Shi Zhiyong, who got first place.

Then came the waves of Clean and Jerks, Ritvars showed confidence and mastery in all his three successful lifts, he started with 175 kg, then went up to 180 kg and finished with 185 kg on his third time stepping on the platform. He didn’t come up as high as in the snatch, as his 185 kg only gave him the third place overall in this lift, only 3 kg behind the Venezuelan lifter Julio Mayora.

Tension was high when it came to the total results because Suharevs ended up being just 1 kg ahead of his rival Shi Zhiyong. The combination of his both lifts, an astonishing 341 kg, granted him with the highest total and gave him the top stop on the total podium. Noting that this wasn’t his highest total, which was at the European Championship in Batumi where he got 354 kg.


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Ritvars Suharevs at IWF Grand Prix ll
Ritvars Suharevs at IWF Grand Prix ll

About Ritvars

Born in Latvia, Ritvars Suharevs has quickly become one of the new faces to stay on the lookout for when it comes to competition. At only 24 years old, born in 1999, he already has a lot of medals to showcase, starting in the European Youth Championship in Lithuania where he got all three golds, repeating gold the next year and a silver medal at the 2016 European Junior Championship, also winning gold at the European Championship earlier this year.

If you’re still hungry for more details on the IWF Grand Prix II in Qatar, you can’t miss out on our 73 kg category recap here, where you’ll find all scores and attempts of most competitors. And if you want to get all the details of who qualified to Paris 2024, with a day by day recap including details of all categories you should go through our recap and full results here.

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Daniel Arenas

Author: Daniel Arenas
Weightlifting and Functional Fitness Coach, Educator

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Daniel Arenas is a passionate Weightlifting and Functional Fitness coach hailing from Venezuela. With over seven years of dedicated coaching experience, he’s made it his mission to inspire and guide individuals on their fitness journey.

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