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IWF in mourning – Rolf Maier (FRA)

The IWF learnt with great sadness about the recent loss of Rolf Maier, distinguished member of the French weightlifting community, at the age of 86.

Mr Maier took part in three editions of the Olympic Games – Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico City 1968 – and was bronze medallist in the 75kg category at the 1965 European Championships.

Having developed most of his career in the region of Picardy, he left a strong legacy in the sport in France: one of the weightlifting national training centres for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games is named after him. Moreover, under his technical guidance, Daniel Senet was crowned world champion in snatch in 1981, a competition held in Lille (FRA).

In this moment of grief, the IWF addresses its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, as well as to the entire French weightlifting community.