A weightlifting World Cup-level contest was held in Rome last week; the event was a mandatory stage according to the timetable of the qualifiers for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In the 64-kilogram category, the Romanian Loredana Toma walked away with three gold medals. Loredana compelled recognition in the snatch style with 113 kilograms. Following were Canada's Maude Charron, with 105 kilograms and Italian Giorgia Bordignon, with 102 kilograms. In the clean-and-jerk style, Loredana Toma also came in first, with 136 kilograms. Following Loredana were Maude Charron, with 139 kilograms and Cuba's Marina Rodriguez Mitjan, with 124 de kg.
Loredana Toma's excellent run in the aforementioned contest was reason enough for Radio Romania International to designate her the Athlete of the Week.
Loredana Toma was born on May 10, 1995, in the northern Romanian town of Botoşani. Her track record so far includes a great number of medals she won in European Juniors and Under-21 championships. In 2013 and 2014, as a senior, Loredana won silver medals in the 58-kilogram categories. Testing positive for using Stanozolol, Loredana Toma was officially denied the right to take part in weightlifting competitions between 2013 and 2014. Since the European Championship held in Croatia in April 2017, Loredana has dominated the 63-kilogram category, in the snatch and clean and jerk styles. Loredana Toma confirmed her standing at the World Championships in Anaheim in December 2015, when she walked away with three more gold medals. Then at the European Championships held in Bucharest in 2018, Loredana Toma succeeded a win-all record. Then at the European Championships held in Batumi in 2019, Loredana won three other gold medals. In the 64-kilogram category, in the clean-and-jerk style and overall, Loredana Toma won two bronze medals at the World Championships in Thailand, also in 2019.
Loredana stands great chances to win an Olympic medal at this year's edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, the number of Romanian weightlifters competing in Japan will be significantly reduced, so Loredana Toma is highly likely to stay at home.
The president of the World Anti Doping Agency in Bucharest Cristian Balaj last month stated that no more than two weightlifters would travel to Japan, competing in the men's and women's version of the Games' weightlifting events, irrespective of the number of weightlifters who may have qualified, because of the number of athletes that as of late have tested positive for forbidden substances.
(Translation by Eugen Nasta)