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Saara Retulainen won the Bronze Medal for the Women’s 59 kg Category at the 2024 IWF European Championships  

The women’s 59 kg category was one of the most exciting battles we’ve seen so far during the European Championships.

In a real battle for Olympic qualification and medal spots, these female athletes really gave it their all and provided us with a thrilling show. 

Fortunately for Saara Retulainen from Finland, her efforts were rewarded in the best possible way – her performance made her a bronze medalist. She started off the competition by getting fourth place for the Snatch by lifting 95 kg.

Saara Retulainen
Saara Retulainen

However, it was her Clean & Jerk lift that gave her the medals – she managed to lift 119 kg, which was enough for the silver medal for the lift and for third place on the podium overall. The impressive thing is that all of her C&J attempts were successful – she started with 114 kg, then 117 kg, and finally 119 kg on the last attempt. 


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During last year’s European Championships in Yerevan, Saara finished fifth overall, so this performance is definitely an improvement to her previous results. Along with that, she has broken several Finnish weightlifting records and twice won the Women’s Finish Championships. 

Our full coverage of the European Championships in Sofia can be found on our blog, so if you’ve missed out on important news and you want to catch up – that’s the perfect place to go. And if you want more visual and behind-the-scenes content, make sure to check out our social media channels and our YouTube channel as well. 

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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!

Detailed results of each day:

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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