A shoulder injury (rotator cuff) will prevent Marcin from competing at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championship early November in Paris. He also reportedly had stem cell injections to a knee in 2009, so this four year Olympic cycle has been tough with injuries. His teammate Bartlomiej Bonk this September did 410kg via 190kg sn and 220kg cj so he may well be an able Polish replacement in the medal hunt. Dolega won the 2010 worlds with a 415kg total.
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The deck is stacked this year with a multitude of possible champions; Akkaev (RUS) who won the Europeans with 425kg and perennial medalist Klokov (RUS) did 427kg in July and has had some big lifts in training and will also be a factor. At the same Russian nationals Smorchkov did 420kg and Bedzhanyan 415 kg. Russia will enter two lifters but who will Rigert pick? Ilya Ilin has now reappeared after a 3 year hiatus and this September did 416kg via 186 sn and 230kg cj as a 105kg. There is even a rumour that the 2004 Olympic champion Dmitry Berestov is training for London, does that mean he will possibly be at Paris? The field will be perhaps one of the strongest in years. Add two Ukrainian lifters lifters to the mix; Torokhtiy did 420kg and teammate Ivanov up from the 94kg class did 415kg.
Aramnau BLR the 2008 Olympic champion with a 436kg total appears to be back after serving suspensions from both his federation and the IWF. My prediction is that at least 430kg will be needed to win gold. In any case this class will be a war.