Two weightlifters announced for Rio 2016
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Two weightlifters announced for Rio 2016

29 June 2016 / 08:57

Rebekah Tiler and Sonny Webster have today been named as the two weightlifters who will represent Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Tiler will compete in the women’s 69kg category, while Webster will feature in the men’s 94kg division.

It will be a first Olympic Games for Tiler and Webster, who were both crowned British Champion in their respective weight categories earlier this month.

Sonny Webster selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Two years ago, Tiler finished fourth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games aged just 15 and earlier this year she won three bronze medals at the European Championships in Norway.

Webster also competed at the Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth, and is a former European junior bronze medallist. The 22-year-old broke the British U23 record at the 2016 British Championships with Tiler breaking two British records on their way to the titles.

Rebekah Tiler selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Team GB have won seven Olympic weightlifting medals – one gold, three silver and three bronze – with the last medal won at Los Angeles 1984 when David Mercer took home bronze.

The selected athletes are:

Rebekah Tiler, 17, hometown Keighley (69kg)

Sonny Webster, 22, High Wycombe (94kg)