Weightlifting preview: Men’s 77kg and women’s 69kg

Day 5 of weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics will feature men’s 77kg (170 lbs) and women’s 69kg (152 lbs) weight classes.

EVENT TIMES AND LIVE STREAM LINKS

9:00am ET – Men’s 77kg group B and women’s 69kg group B

2:30pm ET – Women’s 69kg group A

6:00pm ET – Men’s 77kg group A

THE COMPETITORS

Men’s 77kg group B

Nico Mueller (GER)
Deni (INA)
Andres Mauricio Caicedo Piedrahita (COL)
Andres Eduardo Mata Perez (ESP)
Dumitru Captari (ROU)
Sathish Kumar Sivalingam (IND)

Women’s 69kg group B

Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou (CMR)
Rebekah Tiler (GBR)
Apolonia Vaivai (FIJ)
Duygu Aynaci (TUR)
Patrycja Piechowiak (POL)
Neisi Patricia Dajomes Barrera (ECU)
Gulnabat Kadyrova (TKM)

Women’s 69kg group A

Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan (MGL)
Xiang Yanmei (CHN)
Nazik Avdalyan (ARM) 
Leidy Yessenia Solis Arboleda (COL)
Darya Pachabut (BLR)
Zhazira Zhapparkul (KAZ)
Anastasiya Mikhalenka (BLR)
Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau (CAN)
Florina-Sorina Hulpan (ROU)
Sara Ahmed (EGY)

Men’s 77kg group A

Mohamed Mahmoud (EGY)
Nijat Rahimov (KAZ)
Andranik Karapetyan (ARM) 
Chatuphum Chinnawong (THA)
Jon Wi Choe (PRK)
Lu Xiaojun (CHN)
Alexandr Spac (MDA)
Ibrahim Ramadan Ibrahim Abdelbaki (EGY)

WHO TO WATCH

Men’s 77kg

Lu Xiaojun is back after winning the 77kg gold medal in 2012. He holds world records in snatch (176.0kg/388.0 lbs) and total weight (380.0kg/837.8 lbs). Something to keep an eye on: Lu failed to complete his Clean and Jerk lift at the 2015 World Championships. If that happens again, that could open the door for Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan.

Women’s 69kg

China’s Xiang Yanmei and Kazakhstan’s Zhazira Zhapparkul are the favorites in the 69kg class. Xiang is a two-time world champion (2013, 2015), while Zhapparkul has been the runner-up in the last two World Championships.

WORLD RECORDS

Men’s 77kg

Snatch – 176.0kg/388.0 lbs Lu Xiaojun (CHN)
Clean and Jerk – 210.0kg/463.0 lbs Oleg Perepetchenov (RUS)
Total – 380.0kg/837.8 lbs Lu Xiaojun (CHN)

Women’s 69kg

Snatch – 128.0kg/282.2 lbs Liu Chunhong (CHN)
Clean and Jerk – 158.0kg/348.3 lbs Liu Chunhong (CHN)
Total – 286.0kg/630.5 lbs Liu Chunhong (CHN)