Split is due to host the European Weightlifting Championships ©Split 2017

Georgia's reigning world and Olympic champion Lasha Talakhadze is leading the entry lists for the European Weightlifting Championships taking place in the Croatian coastal resort of Split.

Talakhadze, who lifted a world record 473 kilograms to win at Rio 2016, leads a strong entry list for the men's over 105 kilograms division in the European Weightlifting Federation-organised event.

He is also the defending European champion.

The top four finishes from the Olympic final are all entered.

This includes another Georgian in third place finisher Irakli Turmanidze.

Two Armenians in Olympic silver medallist Gor Minasyan and fourth placed Ruben Aleksanyan are also entered.

Finals are due to take place tomorrow in the men's under-56 and 62kg competitions at the Gripe Sports Hall Sports centre.

Lasha Talakhadze is the reigning world, Olympic and European champion ©Getty Images
Lasha Talakhadze is the reigning world, Olympic and European champion ©Getty Images

The women's under-48kg event is also scheduled to take place.

It will mark the first major competition of the year for Europe's best lifters.

Other Olympic podium finishes entered include Spain's three-time medallist Lydia Valentin in the women's under-75kg category.

The 31-year-old Rio bronze medallist also won European titles in 2014 and 2015.

Competition is due to continue until Saturday (April 8).

A Russian team is scheduled to compete despite the country's impending one-year suspension from competition due to repeated doping failures.

Their team includes two-time European under-105kg champion David Bedzhanian and London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Tatiana Kashirina in the over-90kg division.

Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan - three other countries all facing International Weightlifting Federation suspensions - have all entered teams, but Belarus have not.