It’s been just under three weeks since the last big competition for Weightlifting Shop athlete Moritz Fiebig, and now he’ll already be on the next big competition stage during the coming three days. After winning the German Throwdown, the Hamburg native will now compete against top athletes like Brent Fikowski, Jonne Kioski and the two Dukic brothers at the Dubai Championships. “Winning the GTD definitely gave me another push, but still the comparison in this field is different again. The competition in Dubai is strong. These are super strong athletes and I’m excited to see where I’ll end up on the leaderboard.”
Last year, Fiebig had already competed at the Dubai Championships, which took place for the first time in 2012, and had finished in 15th place at that time. “That was my first real experience on the big stage with Games athletes apart from the 2018 Sanctionals,” the 27-year-old looks back with a very specific memory in mind, “I said to Sam Stewart (Fittest Man in Ireland) at the time, “Good to be here with the big dogs” and he replied, “Mo, you are one of the big dogs,” winked and ran into the arena.”
Moritz Fiebig at last year’s DUbai Championships
This year, Fiebig is aiming for the top ten, wants to get the maximum out of himself and, above all, not make any mistakes. To achieve this goal, the Hamburg native has used the past three weeks for a training camp in Mallorca and is now ready to compete with 19 other top athletes.
The Burj Khalifa Challenge
For the first workout on Friday, the Dubai Championships have come up with something very special. Since 2012, the event has been attracting the world’s best athletes to the United Arab Emirates, mainly because they always offer them new and spectacular challenges. For example, for the first workout the participants have to master the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa. With a weight vest (men 10 kg, women 7 kg), Fiebig and Co. climb 160 floors – the fastest wins.
It is not yet known what other workouts the athletes will have to face. But after the athletes had to do hill sprints in an indoor ski slope last year and are now going up the Burj Khalifa, anything can be expected.