2022 European Weightlifting Championships Full Results & Highlights

The competition season of weightlifting is in full swing. From May 28 to June 5, 2022, Tirana, Albania, played host to the International Weightlifting Federation’s (IWF) European Weightlifting Championships (EWC).

For nine days, the 100th inaugural EWC provided an opportunity for the best competitive weightlifters in the European region to test their mettle and set new World Records.

Below are the full podium results from the Men’s and Women’s categories, as well as some of the standout moments and athletes that helped give color to the competition 2022 EWC:

  • Women’s Results
  • Men’s Results
  • Athlete Highlights

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  1. 2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Women’s Results
    1. Women 45 Kilograms
    2. Women 49 Kilograms
    3. Women 55 Kilograms
    4. Women 59 Kilograms
    5. Women 64 Kilograms
    6. Women 71 Kilograms
    7. Women 76 Kilograms
    8. Women 81 Kilograms
    9. Women 87 Kilograms
    10. Women +87 Kilograms 
  2. 2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Men’s Results
    1. Men 55 Kilograms
    2. Men 61 Kilograms
    3. Men 67 Kilograms
    4. Men 73 Kilograms
    5. Men 81 Kilograms
    6. Men 89 Kilograms 
    7. Men 96 Kilograms
    8. Men 102 Kilograms
    9. Men 109 Kilograms
    10. Men +109 Kilograms
  3. 2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Athlete Highlights
    1. Team Bulgaria
    2. Emily Campbell
    3. Antonino Pizzolato
    4. Iryna Dekha

2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Women’s Results

Below are the Women’s results from the 2022 EWC. The formatting refers to the athlete’s best snatch, clean & jerk, and Total, in order. For full session results beyond the three podium positions, refer to the EWF’s official Result Books

Women 45 Kilograms

  1. Saziye Erdogan (TUR) — 73/90/163
  2. Cansu Bektas (TUR) — 68/85/153
  3. Radmila Zagorac (SRB) — 68/84/152

Women 49 Kilograms

  1. Giulia Imperio (ITA) — 79/92/171
  2. Anhelina Lomachynska (UKR) — 80/87/167
  3. Maria Jose Giménez-Guervós Perez (ESP) — 72/91/163

Women 55 Kilograms

  1. Evagjelia Veli (ALB) — 95/113/208
  2. Kamila Konotop (UKR) — 94/113/207
  3. Nina Sterckx (BEL) — 94/111/205

Women 59 Kilograms

  1. Dora Tchakounté (FRA) — 96/117/213
  2. Lucrezia Magistris (ITA) — 98/114/212
  3. Ine Drablos Andersson (NOR) — 90/118/208

Women 64 Kilograms

  1. Mariia Hanhur (UKR) — 102/120/222
  2. Nuray Güngör (TUR) — 99/120/219
  3. Vicky Graillot (FRA) — 89/119/208

Women 71 Kilograms

  1. Patricia Strenius (SWE) — 94/130/224
  2. Lisa Marie Schweizer (GER) — 103/120/223
  3. Monika Marach (POL) — 99/116/215

Women 76 Kilograms

  1. Marie Josephe Fegue (FRA) — 110/135/245
  2. Daniela Ivanova (LAT) — 96/126/222
  3. Dilara Uçan (TUR) — 99/121/220

Women 81 Kilograms

  1. Iryna Dekha (UKR) — 116/137/253
  2. Alina Marushchak (UKR) — 108/127/235
  3. Dilara Narin (TUR) — 99/133/232

Women 87 Kilograms

  1. Solfrid Koanda (NOR) — 109/143/252
  2. Anastasiia Manievska (UKR) — 107/130/237
  3. Anastasiia Hotfrid (GEO) — 106/129/235

Women +87 Kilograms 

  1. Emily Campbell (GBR) — 118/153/271
  2. Melike Günal (TUR) — 108/134/242
  3. Sara Fischer (AUT) — 102/128/230

2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Men’s Results

Below are the Men’s results from the 2022 European Weightlifting Championships. Note that the formatting below refers to the athlete’s best snatch, clean & jerk, and Total, in order. 

Refer to the European Weightlifting Federation’s official Result Books for full session results beyond the three podium positions. 

Men 55 Kilograms

  1. Angel Rusev (BUL) — 113/144/257
  2. Josué Brachi (ESP) — 115/141/256
  3. Dmytro Voronovskyi (UKR) — 108/134/242

Men 61 Kilograms

  1. Ivan Dimov (BUL) — 135/151/286
  2. Simon Brandhuber (GER) — 134/152/286
  3. Gabriel Marinov (BUL) — 122/157/279

Men 67 Kilograms

  1. Valentin Genchev (BUL) — 139/175/314
  2. Shota Mishvelidze (GEO) — 142/165/307
  3. Acorán Hernández (ESP) — 138/161/299

Men 73 Kilograms

  1. Muhammed Furkan Özbek (TUR) — 149/190/339
  2. Kakhi Asanidze (GEO) — 150/176/326
  3. Piotr Kudlaszyk (POL) — 143/181/324

Men 81 Kilograms

  1. Rafik Harutyunyan (ARM) — 160/194/354
  2. Andrés Mata (ESP) — 160/186/346
  3. Bozhidar Andreev (BUL) — 153/190/343

Men 89 Kilograms 

  1. Antonino Pizzolato (ITA) — 175/217/392
  2. Karlos Nasar (BUL) — 171/211/382
  3. Revaz Davitadze (GEO) — 171/198/369

Men 96 Kilograms

  1. Davit Hovhannisyan (ARM) — 171/206/377
  2. Ara Aghanyan (ARM) — 170/205/375
  3. Romain Imadouchène (FRA) — 160/210/370

Men 102 Kilograms

  1. David Fischerov (BUL) — 177/215/392
  2. Samvel Gasparyan (ARM) — 176/214/390
  3. Marcos Ruiz (ESP) — 176/208/384

Men 109 Kilograms

  1. Hristo Hristov (BUL) — 180/211/391
  2. Giorgi Chkheidze (GEO) — 174/210/384
  3. Arsen Martirosyan (ARM) — 170/201/371

Men +109 Kilograms

  1. Lasha Talakhadze (GEO) — 217/245/462
  2. Varazdat Lalayan (ARM) — 211/240/451
  3. Gor Minasyan (ARM) — 210/236/446

2022 European Weightlifting Championships | Athlete Highlights

As expected, the depth (and breadth) of talent in Tirana helped make the 2022 EWC a fantastic weightlifting event, and listing every significant moment in Albania would be a tall order. Here are a few of the athletes that stood out from the crowd and made their mark on the record books. 

Team Bulgaria

There is perhaps no country with a more infamous reputation in the annals of weightlifting than Bulgaria. The Bulgarian system is renowned for its brutish and forceful methods of gaining inhuman amounts of strength and pushing its athletes to the limit.

Although the country took something of a hiatus from international competitions in the 2010s, Bulgaria made a particularly strong showing at the 2022 EWC.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Notably, the male Bulgarian roster claimed at least one medal in every bodyweight category they partook in. They were absent from the 73, 96, and 109-kilogram classes. As a nation, Bulgaria bagged 23 medals, the highest number of any country in attendance.

That’s also four more than the 19 they won at the 2021 EWC, indicating that Bulgaria is making significant strides toward dominating the European region. 

Emily Campbell

History-maker Emily Campbell took home her second overall win at the EWC in Tirana. The British weightlifter handily turned the Women’s 87-kilogram session into a battle for silver by winning the session outright with a 271-kilogram Total, a full 29 kilos ahead of runner-up Melike Günal of Turkey.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Campbell, who has only been competing internationally since 2018, rapidly ascended to the top of Great Britain’s weightlifting roster. Mere months after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, she won bronze at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships (WWC). 

Campbell’s performance at the 2022 EWC is a bit shy of her best competitive effort — 283-kilogram Total from the Tokyo Games — but it proves that, even on an average day, Campbell is still a force to be reckoned with in Europe. 

Antonino Pizzolato

Team Italy likely had the breakout performance of the event. Before the commencement of the 2022 EWC, Bulgarian sensation Karlos Nasar had posted a 390-kilogram Entry Total. Italian weightlifter Antonino "Nino" Pizzolato declared a pre-competition Total of 371 kilograms.

Both athletes were making their first official appearances in the 89-kilogram division, which is officially on the Olympic docket for Paris 2024. 

The story on the competition stage played out somewhat differently, however. Pizzolato — whose previous best Total in competition was 370 kilograms at 81 kilos’ body weight — rocketed to the top of the podium by snatching 175 kilograms and clean & jerking a new World Record 217 kilograms, for a World Record in the Total of 392 kilograms.

Moreover, Pizzolato secured Italy’s first Senior World Records in weightlifting in exactly 100 years — their last having taken place in 1922. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Before the session began, 18-year-old Nasar was the presumed favorite to win in Tirana. His higher Entry Total, coupled with a knockout performance at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships, had established that Nasar was likely to clinch the gold medal. 

Pizzolato, who hadn’t competed internationally since the Tokyo Olympics nearly a year prior, seems to have been making the most of his off-season and newer, bulked-up bodyweight

Iryna Dekha

Despite the country’s ongoing turmoil and strife, Ukraine came to play at the 2022 EWC. Not only did they send the second-largest roster (19 athletes) to the competition, but they also won 21 overall medals, second in number only to Bulgaria. 

Leading the charge on that front was 81-kilogram Iryna Dekha. Dekha won gold in both competition lifts (thanks partly to her signature power jerk technique) and the Total.

Her 253-kilogram Total was her highest performance since 2016 at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships, where she lifted a single kilo more.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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