Tokyo 2020 weightlifting day 1: HIROMI Miyake on her way to her fifth Olympics; HOU Zhihui seeks first Olympic title

Hiromi Miyake of Japan competes in the Women's 48kg Group A Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Hiromi Miyake of Japan competes in the Women's 48kg Group A Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

With the finals of the women's 49kg, here’s everything you need to know about the first day of Olympic weightlifting competition at Tokyo 2020 on 24 July 2021.

What’s happening today?

With the first weightlifting medal on offer, the action gets underway at 9.50 (local) with the women's 49 kg before the finals.

Who should I expect to see?

After her victory at the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships, People's Republic of China's HOU Zhihui will be aiming for her first Olympic title at Tokyo 2020. The 24-year-old will be facing tough competition against Japan's HIROMI Miyake, a two-time Olympic medallist (silver, London 2012; bronze, Rio 2016) back when the category was still at 48kg. Hiromi will be pulling out all the stops to win a home medal for Japan whilst Beatriz Piron Candelario, from Dominican Republic who placed 4th in Rio, could try to redeem herself for another shot at the podium.

What happened in the Rio 2016 finals?

Women's 48kg:

1- SOITA TANASAN (Thailand)

2- SRI WAHYUNI AGUSTIANI (Indonesia)

3- HIROMI MIYAKE (Japan)

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Competition schedule

Date and Time: Sat 24 July 9:50 - 12:00

Venues: Tokyo International Forum

  • Women's 49 kg Group B

Date and Time: Sat 24 July 13:50 - 16:00

  • Women's 49 kg Group A
  • Women's 49 kg Victory Ceremony