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Date of Birth: February 16, 1986 (age 30)
Event: Men’s Weightlifting (over-105 kilogram category)
Schedule in Rio: Competition – August 16
Career highlight: 10th place at European Championships in 2015
Outlook for Rio: Olshanetskyi was only added to the delegation at the last moment when the Israel Weightlifting Federation was unexpectedly handed a wild-card following the suspensions handed to Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus for anti-doping violations. Olshanetskyi ended the European Championships in 12th place in April, lifting a total of 366kg, 163kg in the snatch and 203kg in the clean and jerk. He was 21st at last year’s World Championships and he would surely be delighted with a top-20 finish in Rio.