Australian Weightlifting Federation High Performance Manager, Jacquie White, said Australians need to get more exposure to top level international competitors over the next four years if the sport is to get even better results in Tokyo.
White said Australia should be proud of the efforts of Tia-Clair Toomey and Simplice Ribouem in Rio.
“Overall the performance was in line with expectations,” White said.
“This was the first Olympic Games for both Tia and Simplice, and neither were overawed by the occasion.
“Simplice equalled his personal best snatch and Tia was painfully close to achieving a new personal best clean & jerk, which isn’t an easy feat on the Olympic stage. Their performances bode well for Gold Coast in 2018.”
But White said a key to Australia improving on the world stage is to give top weightlifters more exposure to the best in the world.
“Continuous improvement across all areas is a must,” she said.