Weightlifting Joanna proves she’s ‘worth her weight in gold’ by taking THIRD gold medal at European championships

Joanna Łochowska gives a triumphant smile as she lifts her way to gold glory. /PAP/EPA

Weightlifter Joanna Łochowska powered her way to victory Sunday by winning her hattrick gold at the European Weightlifting Championship - for the third time in a row.

The 30-year-old beat off stiff competition with her extraordinary 199kg lifts at the event in Batumi, Georgia.

The 30-year-old beat off stiff competition with her extraordinary 199kg lifts at the event in Batumi, Georgia.PAP/EPA

Starting with 55 kg, Łochowska beat Russians Svetlana Ershova and Kristina Novitskaia by 1 and 9 kg respectively.

At 87 kg the Zielona Góra blond was in third position after a ‘snatch’, having failed her first attempt at 87 kg and then at 90 kg.

The Zielona Góra blonde now has three gold medals to her name after also winning in Croatia (2017) and Romania (2018).Bartłomiej Zborowski/PAP

But when it came to the ‘clean and jerk’ round, Łochowska was unequalled. First she lifted 107 kg, only to raise it to 112 kg, assuring her victory without having to make the third attempt.

By then all her rivals had blown their chances and finished their performance.

Delighted Joanna posted on social media: “How difficult and awesome it was! For the third time in a row I won the European Champion title - something unbelievable for me.”Joanna Łochowska/Facebook

Triumphant Joanna wrote on Facebook: “How difficult and awesome it was! For the third time in a row I won the European Champion title - something unbelievable for me.

“I do not even know what to write... except that yesterday the hardest thing to do was to raise myself, but I managed to overcome it anyway.

“Although I know how strange it sounds, believe me the greatest battles we fight with ourselves.

“They cost the most but also give the most! It’s a great joy and huge thanks to you for the warm messages and congratulations, I am very pleased!”

Joanna began weightlifting in her teens thanks to her brothers Przemek (R) and Jędrzej. Before that she was a sports acrobat and pole vaulter.Joanna Łochowska/Instagram

The 30-year-old weightlifter from Zielona Góra was celebrating the European title for the third time.

Previously, in the 53kg category she triumphed in Croatia (2017) and Romania (2018).

The championship is also a first step for Łochowska to an Olympic qualification for Tokyo 2020. She finished the 2012 London Olympics ranked 11th.

The European championship was Joanna’s first step towards qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Joanna Łochowska/Facebook

The European Championship in Batumi will last until April 13th.

Poland is represented by 15 athletes, with Arkadiusz Michalski being another medal hopeful.

He will compete on Saturday 13th.