Harrison Maurus has been issued one of many greatest challenges in USA weightlifting historical past. At solely 21 years of age, he’s representing his nation on the 2020 Olympic Video games in what has traditionally been one of many sport’s best weight courses — Males’s 81-kilogram.
Nonetheless, competing towards among the most well-renowned athletes in weightlifting — ever heard of Lu Xiaojun? — isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Auburn, WA native. Maurus has been on the come-up since his nationwide debut in 2014, profitable his first Nationwide medal — silver within the Boy’s 14-15 69-kilogram class, shedding solely to fellow Crew USA athlete Clarence “CJ” Cummings Jr (73KG).
Maurus has continued onward in his athletic profession to set precedents and break multi-decade worldwide information for the USA effectively earlier than his twentieth birthday.
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Regardless of his age, Maurus has been coaching longer than most leisure weightlifters. He’s quickly approaching his 10-year anniversary within the sport after getting began at solely age 12, together with his first Nationwide competitors look solely two years later. Since then, Maurus has racked up a slew of American Information, whereas additionally being the youngest American to ever clear & jerk 200 kilograms.
Standing above his home accolades, Maurus has additionally distinguished himself internationally whereas competing within the Mens’ 77 (defunct), 81 (present), and 85 (defunct) classes — generally thought-about to be among the many most cutthroat courses within the sport.
Maurus was topped IWF Youth World Champion for his efficiency on the occasion in 2017. As a junior athlete, he has amassed a number of junior World medals, ranked sixth on the 2018 senior World Weightlifting Championships (WWC), and took house bronze within the whole on the 2019 Pan American Video games.
Maybe Maurus’ most spectacular outcome up to now, although, is his efficiency on the 2017 WWC in Anaheim, CA, the place he took bronze in each the clear & jerk and whole — the primary American male to take action at a World occasion in 20 years, and the primary athlete of any gender since Cheryl Haworth in 2005.
Harrison Maurus Finest Lifts
- Snatch — 160 kilograms (352 kilos)
- Clear & Jerk — 200 kilograms (440 kilos)
- Complete — 357 kilograms (785 kilos)*
*Be aware: his same-day whole at a sanctioned competitors (2018 WWC).
Alongside world-class ends in the snatch and clear & jerk, Maurus can also be famend for his brute energy, with lifts like a monstrous 275-kilogram (605-pound) squat at age 18, and a set of 9 reps within the entrance squat at 200 kilograms (440 kilos).
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Competitors In Tokyo
On July 31, Maurus will cope with among the greatest on the planet for an opportunity on the podium. Regardless of being matched towards Olympic veterans and multi-world-record holders, Maurus has the flexibility — each in uncooked energy and talent stage — to go blow-for-blow with one of the best.
81-Kilogram Olympic Roster
- Harrison Maurus (United States)
- Lu Xiaojun(China)
- Antonio Pizzolato (Italy)
- Zacarías Bonnat (Dominican Republic)
- Brayan Rodallegas (Colombia)
- Rejepbaý Rejepow (Turkmenistan)
- Andrés Mata Pérez (Spain)
- Nico Müller (Germany)
- Ritvars Suharevs (Latvia)
- Erkand Qerimaj (Albania)
- Alex Bellemarre (Canada)
- Ramzi Bahloul (New Zealand)
- Amur Salim Al-Khanjari (Oman)
Although that is the primary Olympic occasion because the weight classes had been reorganized in 2018, Tokyo will see repeat appearances from Nico Müller (Rio 2016), Andrés Mata Pérez (London 2012, Rio 2016), and Lu Xiaojun (London 2012, Rio 2016). Maurus will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
81-Kilogram IWF Rankings
- Lu Xiaojun — IWF Ranked #1
- Antonio Pizzolato — IWF Ranked #2
- Brayan Rodallegas — IWF Ranked #4
- Zacarías Bonnat — IWF Ranked #5
- Ritvars Suharevs — IWF Ranked #7
- Andrés Mata Pérez — IWF Ranked #11
- Harrison Maurus — IWF Ranked #13 (Tied with Viacheslav Iarkin of Russia, who won’t be in Tokyo)
- Erkand Qerimaj — IWF Ranked #15
- Alex Bellemarre — IWF Ranked #21 (Tied with Khojiakbar Olimov of Uzbekistan, who won’t be in Tokyo)
The proverbial elephant within the room is, after all, Lu Xiaojun. At 36 years previous, the Chinese language athlete stands on the high of the worldwide rankings but once more on the conclusion of his third Olympic cycle.
Nonetheless, Maurus is one in every of a cohort of contenders poised to offer Crew China a run for its cash within the 81-kilogram class. The USA, Italy, Latvia, Germany, and Turkmenistan have all rostered athletes which are inside hanging distance of Xiaojun within the clear & jerk occasion — although it’s unlikely that he’ll end wherever apart from first within the snatch.
81-Kilogram World Information
- Snatch — 175 kilograms (Li Dayin, CHN)
- Clear & Jerk — 207 kilograms (Lu Xiaojun, CHN)
- Complete — 378 kilograms (Lu Xiaojun, CHN)
Snatch document holder Li Dayin was sidelined in Tokyo for tenured competitor Xiaojun, who at present owns the information in each the clear & jerk and total whole.
That mentioned, with so lots of his friends on his heels in a single or each lifts, Xiaojun can have an actual battle to take care of his titles with threats from athletes like Suharevs, Pizzolato, Rodallegas, and Maurus.
Xiaojun famously misplaced his document — and gold medal — to an unbelievable effort from Kazakhstan’s now-retired Nijat Rahimov in 2016. Since Maurus is not any stranger to going the gap when it’s wanted most, it’s feasibly doable for him to be the one to disclaim China but once more and convey the gold house to the USA.
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Onto the Olympic Video games
Although Maurus shouldn’t be as adorned as a few of his older teammates, his choice to the Crew USA weightlifting roster represents each an acknowledgment of his previous achievements and a affirmation of his nation’s religion in his future potential.
With the weightlifting occasion on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games poised to be one of many higher competitions in current reminiscence — even when juxtaposed towards current drug-related controversies within the sport — followers are all however assured to witness a unprecedented session when Maurus takes the stage on July 31.
The Males’s 81-Kilogram Group B session wi happen on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 10:50 p.m. EST. The A Group will happen on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 2:50 a.m.
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