I’m excited. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mutlu drop out (the man’s almost 40 I think) but it would be cool to see him lifting again. Interested to see what kind of shape Dolega, Chigishev, Steiner and Scerbatihs are in. Hoping for another clean and jerk world record from Bedzhanyan (240? more?). Also curious to see how Oleg Chen does in the 77s. Also, for the women, Oxana Slivenko (69) and Tatiana Kashirina (75+) are both in there; both should cruise to gold medals but we could see some big numbers from them.
Should be noted that currently the Russians have three guys listed in the mens supers, one of them won’t get to lift. Could be insurance against a repeat injury by Chigishev in the final days of the taper. Also, I’d think Klokov/Akkaev would be on a program designed for them to peak for London and completely ignore the Europeans, which would lend credence to my theory from another thread that they’ll be Russia’s representatives at 105 regardless of how well Bedzhanyan lifts in Antalya.
I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Aramnau since he won the Europeans in 2010. I was under the impression he was pretty much done? Too many off the platform issues. I sincerely hope I’m wrong, watching him lift in Beijing was a big factor in me starting this sport to begin with.