The release of the provisional start list for the Birdseye British International Open has revealed that some big names are perhaps going to be making the trip to compete in Coventry.
The British International Open will take place from 7th to 9th June, alongside the British Championships. It is a bronze-level Olympic qualification competition (see our qualification guide for why this matters). It will be the first competition of this level to take place in the UK since 1986 when the European Championships was held in Cardiff.
Over forty international athletes are listed on the start list. Here are some of the bigger names:
Ilya Ilyn (M96 – Kazakhstan) – Four-time World champion, two-time Asian champion. Back after serving a doping suspension
Denis Ulanov (M81 – Kazakhstan) – 2016 Olympic bronze, 2016 Asian champion
Dmytro Chumak (M109 – Ukraine) – 2019 European champion, 2018 world silver medalist
Mart Seim (M+109 – Estonia) – 2016 World silver medalist
Elena Ramona Andries (W49 – Romania) – 2018 and 2019 European champion
Huang Ting (W64 – China) – 2017 and 2018 World junior champion
Loredana Elena Toma (W71 – Romania) – 2017 World champion, 2017, 2018, 2019 European champion
Kang Yue (W76 – China) – 2015 World champion
Hui Ao (W87 – China) – 2018 World champion
If a decent number of these lifters show up, it is going to be an exciting international competition, on top of what was already shaping up to be a hugely entertaining British Championships.
Weightlifting House is partnering with British Weightlifting and will be at the British Championships and International Open. Come and say hi at our exhibition stand!