Grand Prix Lima 2019: Everything you need to know about the weightlifting Olympic qualifying event

The IWF Grand Prix Lima brings some of the best weightlifters in the world to Peru with world and Olympic champions in the field looking forward to reaching Tokyo 2020 

The IWF Grand Prix Lima brings the cream of weightlifting to the Peruvian capital from 8-10 November 2019.

The Coliseo Eduardo Dibos will play host to world and Olympic champions with the top 12 in the IWF World Ranking in each of the 10 weight categories (five men's and five women's) invited to the competition.

The event is also a Silver Level Qualification Event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, meaning athletes can take a step towards their Olympic dream.

And you can watch the action live on Olympic Channel (territorial restrictions may apply).

Who to watch out for

Unsurprisingly, there will be a strong South American contingent in Lima with the Colombians likely to impress.

Colombia shone at the 2019 Pan American Games winning five gold medals - three more than any other nation - and four silvers.

They are double-handed at -61kg with former world champion Francisco Mosquera competing alongside Pan American Games medallist Jairo Serna.

Mosquera, 27, will be desperate to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo having torn a kneecap tendon just 10 days before Rio 2016.

Jhonatan Rivas Mosquera is a rising star in the Colombian ranks, winning -96kg gold in the Pan American Games in Lima.

Brayan Rodellegas is another man to watch at -81kg with the 21-year-old claiming bronze at the World Championships after his Pan American Games triumph.

The -73kg class promises fireworks courtesy of Rio bronze medallist Luis Javier Mosquera and Oscar Figueroa.

Reigning -62kg Olympic champion Figueroa retired after Rio but the 36-year-old returned to competition last year, giving us another glimpse at a weightlifting great and a Colombian hero.

The CJ Cummings show

But both Colombians need to watch out for American young gun CJ Cummings.

The two-time youth and four-time junior world champ is still only 19 but has worldbeater written all over him.

Cummings took gold at -73kg at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Guatemala this year, and also broke the snatch and total junior world records twice this year.

He has also raised the clean and jerk junior world record three times in 2019.

Although he only finished ninth at the recent World Championships, Cummings hopes that experience will stand him in good stead for Tokyo 2020.

He told TeamUSA.org that Tokyo 2020 “fuels me a lot".

"The Olympics is going to be a different atmosphere but many of the people here (at the Worlds) will be the same contenders at the Olympics, so I kind of see my competition and it gives me something to train for and motivate me to push and do more.”

He also admits he needs to adjust to senior competition adding, "I felt more relaxed and more nervous at the same time, but overall I feel more nervous at senior competitions and senior Worlds."

With Cummings currently second on the -73kg Absolute Ranking list, he is almost guaranteed a spot on the U.S. team for Tokyo.

Solis leads strong women's entry

The Colombian women are pretty useful too with Leidy Solis sure to be in the mix at -76kg.

The 29-year-old won Olympic silver at Beijing all the way back in 2008, and claimed her second world title this year in Pattaya beating Olympic champion Lidia Valentin to gold at -81kg.

With -81kg not an Olympic category, Solis drops back down to -76kg although she competed at -69kg in Rio where she finished just out of the medals in fourth.

She also took her first world title at -69kg in 2017 in Anaheim.

China's challenge to the world

The Chinese are the most powerful nation in weightlifting at present, winning 10 total weight golds out of a possible 18 at September's World Championships in Thailand.

Ao Hui took gold at last year's World Championships in Ashgabat, and the 22-year-old will be one of the favourites in the women's -87kg.

Her main challenge could come from Chile's two-time Olympian Maria Fernanda Valdes who won this year's Pan American Games and took silver at the 2017 World Championships.

Another high-class entrant is Romania's 2017 world champion Loredana Toma.

The 24-year-old does battle again with Mercedes Perez having edged out the Colombian for bronze in Pattaya in September.

Grand Prix Lima 2019 Schedule

(all times Lima local time - UTC-5):

7 November

6pm-7:30pm Opening Ceremony

8 November

10am-12:30pm Men's 61kg

1pm-3:30pm Women's 49kg

4pm-6:30pm Men's 67kg

7pm-9:30pm Women's 55kg

9 November

4pm-6:30pm Men's 81kg

7pm-9:30pm Women's 76kg

10 November

10am-12:30pm Men's 96kg

1pm-3:30pm Women's 87kg

5:30pm-6:30pm Closing Ceremony

Venue

The Coliseo Eduardo Dibos is an indoor sport center located in San Borja neighborhood in Lima, Peru between Angamos Ave. and Aviación Ave.

The stadium has a capacity of 4,600 people and recently hosted basketball at the 2019 Pan American Games.

Address

Av. Angamos 2681, Cercado de Lima 15036, Peru.

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