British duo hit Olympic target

12 April 2012 / 22:48

Jack Oliver and Emily Godley have become the latest 2012 hopefuls to achieve an Olympic qualifying standard at the European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey.

Oliver lifted 142kg in the snatch and 162kg in the clean and jerk to register an impressive total of 304kg, well above the 291kg required for B standard and only five kilos short of A standard.

It was enough to earn the 21-year-old 17th place in the men's 77kg category, in which he was lifting alongside British competitor Halil Zorba, who could only finish 21st with a combined total of 285kg - outside the minimum targets set.

Godley, like Oliver, also reached the B standard with a lift of 185kg - snatch 82kg and clean and jerk 103kg - in the women's 63kg weight category, enough to earn her a respectable eighth-placed finish.

The pair take the number of GB athletes who have registered an Olympic qualifying standard to five since the Championships started on Monday.

Zoe Smith is the only one to achieve the A standard with her impressive performance on Wednesday, while Jo Calvino and Gareth Evans have each hit the B standard.

A maximum of three male and two female lifters can be selected to represent Team GB at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

But they will only be considered if they hit the specified A standard twice or B standard once within their weight category before the end of May, with athletes hitting the A standard given preference.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Peter Kirkbride lifts on Friday along with Natasha Perdue and Sonny Webster, with Cardiff's Darius Jokarzadeh rounding up the British interest on Sunday in the final day of action in Antalya.