ANAHEIM, Calif. (November 7, 2017) -- Nearly 400 athletes from 72 countries will arrive in Anaheim, California, USA later this month to compete for the title of World Champion at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships. On Tuesday, the IWF Tuesday published the Final Entry List showing the 161 women and 216 men who will compete in Anaheim November 28-December 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Six reigning Olympic Champions from last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are expected to compete in Anaheim. Kianoush Rostami (Islamic Republic of Iran, 85kg), Sohrab Moradi (Islamic Republic of Iran, 94kg), Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia, +105kg), 48kg Olympic Champion Sopita Tanasan (Thailand, competing in Anaheim at 53kg), Hsu Shu-ching (Chinese Taipei, 53kg) and Sukanya Srisurat (Thailand, 58kg) all will vie for gold at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships. Also going for gold is Spain's Lidia Valentin (75kg) who has won 3 Olympic medals-- silver in 2008 in Beijing, gold at the 2012 Games in London and Bronze last year in Rio.
The men's super-heavyweight (+105kg) category looks to be especially competitive. Athletes registered include 2012 Olympic Champion Behdad Salimi (Islamic Republic of Iran) and 2015 Pan American Games champion Fernando Saraiva Reis (Brazil).
The full entry list is available here.
Team USA is looking to land on the medal stand for the first time in several years at the World Championships. Mattie Rogers (69kg), 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Sarah Robles (+90kg) along with reigning Youth World Champions CJ Cummings (69kg) and Harrison Maurus (77kg) are just a handful of American athletes who have a chance to grab a medal in Anaheim.
"This is going to be a weightlifting meet unlike any other," USA Weightlifting CEO and World Championships Organizing Committee member Phil Andrews said. "We're ready to compete and we're ready to welcome the world to Anaheim."
Tickets for the event--including special access to the athlete training hall-- are on sale now. For a preliminary schedule and ticket information visit 2017Anaheim.com.