2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships Full Results

The 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships have come to a close. The event — held April 21-30 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan — featured a mix of various nations’ best, along with plenty of other top lifters we probably won’t be seeing in Rio (team size limits and qualification, after all). No World Records fell, but there were still plenty of good lifts.

The full results book is here, and we’ve compiled the totals podium finishers below (in addition to a few other notable performances — check out the men’s 85kg and 105+kg for more).

And in case anyone was wondering, the heaviest successful lift was a 247kg clean & jerk from Iran’s Bahador Moulaei. The Iranian delegation told BarBend Weightlifting Correspondent and attendee Mike Graber that Behdad Salimi — Moulaei’s countryman and the reigning Olympic Champion — is still 50/50 for Rio while recovering from knee surgery.

Women’s 48 kg

Total:

  • Yayun Tan (China) — 198kg
  • Chun Hwa Ryang (North Korea) — 196kg
  • Panida Khamsri (Thailand) — 194kg

Women’s 53 kg

Total:

  • Xiaoting Chen (China) — 221kg
  • Wanqiong Zhang (China) — 211kg
  • Hidilyn Diaz (Philippenes) — 208kg

Women’s 58 kg

Total:

  • Hsing-Chun Kuo (Taipei) — 238kg
  • Jun Zhou (China) — 233kg
  • Ping Li (China) — 230kg

Women’s 63 kg

Total:

  • Siripuch Gulnoi (Thailand) — 234kg
  • Guiming Chen (China) — 217kg
  • Thi Tuyet Mai Nguyen (Vietnam) — 211kg

Women’s 69 kg

Total:

  • Wangli Zhang (China) — 245kg
  • Wan-Ting Hung (Taipei) — 214kg
  • Thi Tham Le (Vietnam) — 210kg

Women’s 75 kg

Total:

  • Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan (Mongolia) — 244kg
  • Yeounhee Kang (South Korea) — 235kg
  • Chi-Ling Yao (Taipei) — 233kg

Women’s +75 kg

Total:

  • Kuk Hyang Kim (North Korea) — 291kg
  • Chitchanok Pulsabsakul (Thailand) — 287kg
  • Praeonapa Khenjantuek (Thailand) — 237kg

Men’s 56 kg

Total:

  • Cheng Men (China) — 285kg
  • Sinphet Kruaithong (Thailand) — 284kg
  • Fabin Li (China) — 273kg

Men’s 62 kg

Total:

  • Yoichi Itokazu (Japan) — 288kg
  • Van Vinh Trinh (Vietnam) — 282 kg
  • Mohammad Ridha Ali Ali (Iraq) — 277kg

Men’s 69 kg

Total:

  • Izzat Artykov (Kyrgyzstan) — 338kg
  • Chengfei Yuan (China) — 335kg
  • Yong Gwang Kwon (North Korea) — 322kg

Men’s 77 kg

Total:

  • Zhiyong Shi (China) — 348kg
  • Chatuphum Chinnawong (Thailand) — 347kg
  • Pornchai Lobsi (Thailand) — 346kg

Men’s 85 kg

In one of the more interesting performances in international competition memory, Belarus’ Andrei Rybakou — a European athlete — lifted at the Asian Championships. Rybakou was provisionally suspended for meldonium earlier this year, but due to the circumstances of the case involving WADA, the IWF lifted his suspension. However, the two-tie Olympic silver medalist still needed an additional international competition to be Rio eligible, which resulted in one of the stranger totals in recent memory for an active World Record holder.

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Total:

  • Denis Ulanov (Kazakhstan) — 373kg
  • Seyedayoob Mousavijarahi (Iran) — 356kg
  • Ying Su (China) — 355kg

Men’s 94 kg

Total:

  • Vladimir Sedov (Kazakhstan) — 386kg
  • Ali Hashemi (Iran) — 374kg
  • Hanwoong Park (South Korea) — 368kg

Men’s 105 kg

Total:

  • Mohammadrez Barari (Iran) — 401kg
  • Ivan Efremov (Uzbekistan) — 394kg
  • Sardorbek Dusmurotov (Uzbekistan) — 386kg

Men’s + 105 kg

Total*:

  • Shih-Chieh Chen (Taipei) — 432kg
  • Hojamuhammet Toychyyev (Turkmenistan) — 427kg
  • Bahador Moulaei (Iran) — 427kg

*Lifting as a very light 105+ at 110kg, Ruslan Nurudinov won the 105+ snatch with 191kg and clean & jerked 235kg to total 4th in the superheavyweight class. Look out for him to be a force to potentially challenge Ilya Ilyin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Video below from All Things Gym.

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Alexandra LaChance on Fitness, Injury, & What She Didn’t Expect at the CrossFit Games

It’s the oldest story in the book: a female athlete comes seemingly out of nowhere to qualify as an individual for the CrossFit Games after only having done CrossFit for a short time. Once the shock (and a little jealousy) wears off, we find out that the athlete was a high level gymnast, perhaps an NCAA All American, who started CrossFit after finishing college because suddenly she had tons of time on her hands. One year later, she’s qualified for the Games, and we all are slightly annoyed by how easy she made it look. To top it off, she’s gorgeous, has a killer body, and tons of followers on Instagram.

Alexandra LaChance

Photo courtesy of Alexandra LaChance as shot by James Patrick Photography

This is the trajectory of Alexandra LaChance…well, the part that you know about anyway. Yes, she competed at 2013 Regionals as part of a team after only doing CrossFit for four months. Yes, she entered the 2014 North Central Regionals as an individual…and won. A poorly timed stomach bug hindered her 2014 Games experience, but she still managed to finish out the weekend despite puking up everything she tried to eat.

Fast forward to today and she has more accomplishments to add to the list, including 17th place at the 2015 South Regionals (more on that in Part 2), a 190 kg total at the 2015 American Open, fitness model, and Nike athlete. Most recently, she was picked up by the NPGL’s DC Brawlers as a utility player after competing on the Phoenix Rise last year.

It seems like she has it all. Of course, having it all and feeling like you have it all are two very different things. LaChance’s success did not happen overnight, and frequently occurred in spite of illness and injury — two issues she’s still navigating. It is through these challenges that’s she’s began to come into her own not just as an athlete, but a person and a coach. We couldn’t wait to talk to her about her whirlwind life.

You announced before the start of the Open that you would be withdrawing from the 2016 season because of a lingering injury, what’s the status as of now?

Right now I’m working on getting an MRI to see what’s going on with my back. It’s been getting better, but I hurt it over Christmas break and it’s been holding me back from pushing it too hard. I’m starting to add in a little bit of power training. I’m doing a powerlifting competition in June — sumo deadlifts feel fine on my back, and I’ve been bench pressing a lot. I just started squatting, so that gives me a goal to work toward before GRID starts in a few months.

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As a gymnast, you’ve spent your entire life working through injuries. How do work through injuries and keep coming back stronger?

I’m used to exercising while in pain…which sounds kind of weird, but that’s just what gymnastics does for you. Whether it’s muscles hurting or body parts hurting, it all feels the same to me. I can always push through it. If you can’t use your legs you find everything you can do without using that leg.

I don’t mean that I’m pushing it to re-injure it or hold it back from getting better, but as long as it doesn’t hurt worse that day and keeps progressing and getting a little bit better, it’s fine. I haven’t been Olympic lifting because that would make it worse, but with everything else I just go by feel and make adjustments.

What have you learned about yourself while working through injuries?

One of the cool things that I’m finding out is that since I’m doing so much accessory work, I can still maintain. I haven’t been able to deadlift, but by doing all this posterior chain and glute/hamstring work without any kind of hip flexing, I’ve pretty much kept up my strength for the deadlift even though I haven’t done it in months.

Is there any silver lining to not competing in the 2016 Games season?

I’ve had more time on my hands since I’m not training so much, and I’ve been able to grow my business. Every weekend I’m traveling across the country doing gymnastics seminars. I have a bunch of online clients that I get to coach every single day. It’s helped me become a better coach, just by having access to more athletes, which I wouldn’t have been able to do if I was doing my normal training schedule.

It still really sucks not being able to be able to compete and train, but it helps me focus my energy elsewhere so I’m not just sitting at home feeling sorry for myself.

You seem to have a high hit rate of getting athletes to their first muscle up.

Yes! One of my programs is a gymnastics supplement, and it’s a little bit different than other gymnastics programs out there because it’s interactive. They have to videotape all of their programming, and in return I review all of their videos and coach the through video analysis.

It’s time consuming, but it’s effective. I’m very confident that they’re doing all the movements correctly and getting all the coaching they need, even though they’re in Australia or they’re on the East Coast. Even though I’m not there, I may as well be. The only thing they’re not getting is a spot from me.

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What’s the most common mistake you see in athletes going for a muscle up that they’re not getting corrected on by your average CrossFit coach?

For the people that are strong enough to do it in the first place, the biggest mistake is their grip. People hold on to the rings like a bar, like a palms face down grip, and in reality the only thing holding them back from the muscle up is keeping their wrists facing each other. It seems like a super simple correction, but over half the people that I get that’s the only thing keeping them from turning over and stabilizing themselves on top of the rings.

I think that’s something that coaches don’t always look for, because it’s not a matter of technique, it’s just grip. If your palms are face down then your wrists can’t rotate with your body as you sit up on top of the rings, so you’re always going to get spit out from the back, or if you’re super strong you can chicken wing it from there…but that’s the worst thing you can possibly do, injury wise.

You’ve competed at the Games, the American Open, GRID, and now you’re dabbling in powerlifting. Once the back is healed, are you going to choose a particular focus?

For CrossFit, one of the cool things and one of the hard things is that it encompasses every single sport, so I don’t think you can really go wrong by trying different sports. My posterior chain is a huge weakness of mine, which is the reason why I hurt my back. I’m just really quad dominant after spending 21 years jumping off my toes [in gymnastics.] By getting into powerlifting, it’s forcing me to learn how to use my hamstrings and use my glutes, so that’s definitely going to help my CrossFit.

Olympic lifting is my favorite. I love technique and it’s my favorite thing to work on. Obviously I want to make it back to the Games, but I’d really like to do Olympic lifting competitions and powerlifting competitions throughout the season. I’m not going to be the best [at powerlifting] because I’m not putting all my focus on it, but I don’t think it can hurt to work get better at your pressing, get better at your squatting, get better at your pulling. I think it all makes you a better CrossFitter.

Alexandra LaChance on beam

Alexandra LaChance on beam

What is scarier, doing beam at your first NCAA meet, or doing your first event at the CrossFit Games?

Beam is terrifying, because if you make a half of a mistake you’re off the beam and your coach is going to scream at you. Gymnastics and Crossfit are both hard, but gymnastics is so mentally tough because it’s technique based. You’re never pushing through fatigue in a gymnastics competition, it’s mostly making sure your movements are perfect.

CrossFit is terrifying because you’re pushing through extreme fatigue and you get nervous because it’s going to hurt so bad. I don’t know which one is easier on you…they’re both really hard in their own way. There’s a lot of people looking at you in CrossFit…but in gymnastics there’s thousands of people looking at you too…in a leotard…with a wedgie that you can’t pick.

What surprised you about the CrossFit Games?

How nice everyone was. I had no idea what to expect and I was kind of there by myself, but the athletes were incredibly friendly and all the spectators were so nice. I remember running through the stadium and people were giving me high fives when I was dragging myself up and down the stairs. I thought that was so cool. In gymnastics, you don’t have that. Anyone who’s not there for you or for your team is yelling horrible things at you while you compete and then you have to try not to fall of the beam.

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Was there anything that disappointed you about the Games experience?

Personally, I was sick so I was throwing up the whole time. I couldn’t eat or drink anything after the first day. I really want to make it back and be healthy and push myself through the workouts, as opposed to trying not to pass out or throw up all over the field. That was disappointing just because I’d trained so hard to get there, and then I didn’t get to give everything I had. It was just survival.

What’s not great about being a high level athlete?

If you want to be at that level, your whole day revolves around your training…making sure you’re eating at the right time, making sure you’re eating the right food, recovering, spending time on prehab and mobility, getting body work done. It’s a full time job and it doesn’t give you time for anything else. You can’t hang out with your friends and party till 2 in the morning. You can’t just go out to eat all the time.

I think people don’t understand, they’re like ‘oh you don’t have a job, you get to be at the gym all day. I could be that good if i got to be in the gym all day.’

There’s so much more than spending the time at the gym that people don’t understand. There’s millions of factors playing a part into it. There’s a lot of parts to it that aren’t fun. It’s not fun to go to bed early to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. It’s not necessarily fun to get body work done when your soft tissue guys make your legs feel like they’re going to explode. But, it’s all necessary because the sport is so physically and mentally demanding. It’s not just showing up to the gym for 6 hours. It might have started that way, but it’s evolved so much and everybody’s so good now, that every tiny little detail matters.

AlexLaChance

AlexLaChance

Is it even realistic for new athletes to be aiming for the Games?

I think so. I think anybody can be good at it, but not everybody will be good at it. You can be new and do really well, but it helps to have an athletic background and an understanding of the training that goes into it. I think those cases are going to be a lot more rare. Olympic lifting technique is so fine tuned now that if you’re a girl you’re not just going to walk into a gym if you haven’t been lifting and pull 200 pound snatch, or be able to rep out 10 or 15 muscle ups in a row. It’s not enough to be able to a couple muscle ups, now you have to have a lot of muscle ups. You have to have a great engine too…and the chance of people walking into the sport with that foundation is more slim than before.

In Part 2 of our interview with Alex, she opens up about illness, body image, and dealing with it all under the watchful eye of nearly 70,000 Instagram followers.

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Pyrros Dimas to Hold Q&A Session at Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City

To be the best, learn from the best. Attendees at Next week’s US Olympic Trials/National Championships will have the chance to ask 3-time Olympic Champion (and 4-time Olympic medalist) Pyrros Dimas their questions in a live Q&A hosted by USA Weightlifting.

The “AMA/Ask Me Anything” event will take place on Thursday, May 5th, at 6:30pm local time in the warm-up room. The combo Trials/Nationals are being held at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center.

A Greek sporting hero, Dimas won Olympic gold in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and he earned a bronze in at the 2004 Athens Games while on home turf. Images of his winning lifts have become iconic even beyond weightlifting circles, and he now serves on the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Executive Board. He remains the most decorated weightlifting in Olympic history.

In a statement given to BarBend, USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews expressed excitement to have Dimas present at a pivotal time for the sport in America:

“Having one of the best Weightlifting athletes of all time, and an IWF Executive Board member, is a great honor for us. We are excited to welcome both Mr Dimas and a host of US Weightlifting Olympians. This will be a great weekend, and I hope people take the opportunity to learn from one of the best to grace the wooden square, especially as we remember our own Great lifter, Mr. Tommy Kono.”

Kono, who passed away Sunday at the age of 85, was among America’s most celebrated and accomplished strength athletes. He remains the only weightlifter to set world records across four different weight classes.

Also in attendance will be WWE wrestling star Seth Rollins, a noted weightlifting fan and occasional CrossFit/functional fitness competitor.

For more information on Trials/Nationals — which run from May 5-8 — visit USA Weightlifting’s portal for the event.

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Justin Cotler on Coaching, GRID Champs, and the CrossFit Dynamix Superteam

In the world of “competitive fitness,” we’re getting used to athletes as crossover stars: weightlifters turned CrossFit Games contenders, powerlifters turned GRID competitors, individual CrossFitters building their own superteams. Less celebrated — for now — are the handful of coaches who have led individuals and teams to success across multiple competitions, leagues, and even sports. As owner/coach of CrossFit Dynamix and Head Coach of the NPGL’s DC Brawlers, Justin Cotler is one such leader — but his success hasn’t come without controversy and doubters.

Coach Justin Cotler

Coach Justin Cotler

Cotler — who’s also made a name for himself outside of fitness as a singer — has coached CrossFit Dynamix to two appearances (2013 and 2014) at the CrossFit Games, including a 5th place finish in 2013. Heading into the 2016 season, he rounded up some of the sport’s big names and relocated them to live and train together in Queens, New York. Assembling choice athletes at one affiliate is an increasingly common tactic some purists still frown upon. But heading into May, Cotler’s strategy looks good so far: After a successful Open, the CrossFit Dynamix “superteam” now sits in first place out of the North East and enters a Regionals season where Cotler fully expects them to make a statement (but more on that below).

Beyond CrossFit, Cotler is the most successful GRID coach in the NPGL, and his DC Brawlers are the reigning, back-to-back, and still only champions to hoist the Pinnacle Trophy. As GRID becomes more specialized and builds an identity separate from CrossFit, Cotler is still committed to pursuing success in both arenas, which has led to a packed schedule, responsibility for dozens of athletes, and rivals who would be happy to see his plans falter. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s also coaching several individual competitors with their sites set firmly on the 2016 CrossFit Games.

I sat down with Cotler and Ian Berger — a BarBend contributor, member of Team CrossFit Dynamix, and himself a GM and former coach in the NPGL — to talk about building a “superteam,” balancing egos with training, and their predictions for Dynamix at the East Regional and beyond.

Tao: How’d the superteam start?

Justin: Ian and I started chatting about this almost a year ago, talking about the idea of putting something like this together.

Then obviously, last season happened, then GRID season, and after that was over we started talking about it really seriously. When it started falling into place, when it became realistic, we saw the pieces come together. Becca was in, Amy was in, Christian was interested. Then I had to talk Dave [Charbonneau] out of retirement. After that it was a full-court press on Andrea.

It’s amazing how this idea became a reality in such a short period of time. Two months out, we had four people but we weren’t sure who the other two were going to be. And Andrea and Dave came on board.

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Ian: It was really just a concept, we spoke about it, we wanted to win the Games, and we started playing fantasy sports about who we thought the PERFECT people would be. Then Justin closed the deal on pretty much everybody, I think the final piece was Andrea.

Andrea was the final piece of that puzzle, and that happened maybe three weeks before the Open?

Justin: Three weeks before January, it happened in December. We were still debating who that last female was going to be. We’d had a couple of people fall through, and then at the Move Fast Lift Heavy event, Andrea was there and she discussed it with Christian and Andrea.

Once I heard she was interested, well, I’m relatively persuasive.

Tao: What’s that value proposition like? You’re asking people who have lives and careers elsewhere to pick up and relocate to one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Justin: Absolutely, the opportunity to do something you’re never going to have the chance to do again. To achieve something you may never have the chance to do on your own. If we’re being realistic about it? Winning the Games on your own…what’s the chance of that? It’s brutal.

Ian: Even qualifying.

Justin: Exactly. Out of this group, we’ve got one athlete out of the six who’s qualified for the CrossFit Games individually.

Tao: With a few close calls.

Justin: Definitely. A few close calls with Andrea, with Christian as well, even Ian getting a few top-10s. The way team is going now, though, with Rich going team and winning, you’re starting to see a shift in the way people perceive team competition. There’s an evening out of respect between the team and individual sides. When we talked about the idea, it’s almost selling a dream in a sense.

Ian: There’s also a level of credibility that goes into that. The track record of making the Games with teams and winning on the GRID, Justin knows what it takes to be successful. And if he believes this team could win, you have to start thinking, “I believe this team could win.”

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Tao: You’ve qualified teams for the Games twice: 5th in 2013, 16th in 2014. Last year was a bit of a GRID and individual focus.

Justin: GRID was the big focus last year, and that was obviously successful. BUt the desire for this never went away, and ultimately when I saw the possibilities, it came back with a vengeance.

Tao: What does Rich and CrossFit Mayhem Freedom winning mean for CrossFit as a team sport?

Justin: It’s huge. First and foremost, having a guy like that decide to switch is big just because of the visibility it gives to those events. People have to watch, him and Jason [Khalipa] are two of the biggest names in the sport and it legitimized it.

Now you’re seeing some of the best athletes going team. Look at Jamie Greene, she won the Open this year and she’s going team, and you’re going to start seeing more of that.

As a coach I find team more exciting because of the strategic aspects, it’s so awesome and there’s so much more prepared strategy that goes into it.

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Ian: I’m glad Rich Froning won last year because everyone who goes team now wants to dethrone him. It’s the same as individual. When you have someone who’s that good, who’s holding the title, you just want to beat them.

Justin: And that’s purely from a place of respect.

Ian: Absolutely, they’re the best, and you want to beat the best.

Justin: The guy is undeniably the best in the history of the sport, but everybody has to lose at some point in time. And why not us?

Tao: What was your team missing in 2013, when you got 5th?

Justin: The experience, without question. Just being battle tested. By the third day there were a couple athletes who were just mentally beat down, and I think it showed in our performance. We came into the last day in third and we had a real chance. Look, Hack’s Pack was awfully good that year, they probably were unbeatable. But ultimately for us, I think the biggest thing missing was experience. And now, we’re battle tested in the sense that all these athletes in one way or another have been in huge competitions. We’ve got a bunch of veterans who have been under the lights, and I feel very, very confident in their abilities under pressure.

Ian: We have thirty years of combined experience between us. Everyone’s been doing it for five years plus, and Justin’s been winning for years, and there’s a level of experience there most teams don’t have.

Tao: You have to have a weakness this year. What is it?

Justin: Swimming. Which we’re going to work on! Being honest, we’ve got three athletes that are not great swimmers. I think that’s the biggest, and aside from that, we’re pretty solid. I’d be fishing if I said otherwise, we’re extremely well rounded. You’re not all going to be the same athlete, everyone brings something to the table. If someone’s not fantastic at handstand push-ups, we have one or two or three who are. If someone’s not unbelievable at ring muscle-ups, we have another three or four who are.

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I’d say right now my two biggest concerns are swimming and then distance running. We will see both, so we’re going to put in the time it takes to improve.

Tao: Ian, what’s different between Justin’s approach to running a team relative to what you’ve seen before?

Ian: Justin pulled together amazing athletes, but he also pulled together people he knew would mesh as a team personality-wise. Right from day one, we’ve just gelled, and it’s felt like a real team. In terms of programming, he’s there 24/7, and attentive to what we need. He’s focused on putting us in the most successful scenario possible and setting us up for winning.

In the past, you’ll see teams group up or work with their own schedules. This is different because we’re all here for one reason.

Justin: I like to think of myself as the player’s coach, I’m definitely not “my way or the highway.”

Tao: Are you the Phil Jackson of CrossFit?

Justin: I don’t know if I’d say that, I haven’t won 11 championships! But I feel like my best trait as a coach is that I’m able to get the most out of my athletes, and I genuinely care about them deeply. Beyond that, I love feedback. Programming, for instance, is an ever-evolving process, it’s not a perfect science. SOme people may not be able to change, you have to play jazz a little bit. You can’t say, “This is it?” because what if it’s not working?

You have to be willing to go back to the drawing board, and I think that’s one reason athletes respond to me and one way I’m able to motivate without being overbearing. I think.

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Photo by Lisa Haefner

Ian: I think approachability is also vital and overlooked when it comes to coaching. An effective coach needs to create an atmosphere where athletes never hesitate to ask questions or come to the coach with their issues.

Tao: I don’t want to get too far ahead, so I don’t want to talk about the Games just yet. But I do want to talk about the East Regional. What are we going to see?

Justin: Just being honest, I want to make a statement at Regionals. I want to go into Regionals, and my goal is that when we leave there, everyone in the CrossFit world is blown away. I don’t want to limp into the Games, I don’t want to finish 4th at Regionals, I want to smash it.

I don’t want there to be any question as to who the class of the East Regional is. And if we work hard enough and prepare hard enough, we will be prepared for whatever, and these guys are going to peak at the right time.

We have it in us to put on something special.

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Throwback: Chad Vaughn Sets American Record with 190kg Clean & Jerk

Before the days of CrossFit boxes on every block, and before everyone from bankers to soccer moms knew the other definition of “snatch,” Chad Vaughn was one of America’s top weightlifters. To be fair, he continued to be one of the country’s best for quite some time and was in contention for his third Olympic Games in 2012 (the U.S. had one spent so only sent one male lifter — Kendrick Farris — to the 2012 London Games).

But Vaughn’s accomplishments stand on their own: A two-time Olympian (2004 and 2008), six-time National Champion, and 2003 Pan American Games Champion, he still holds the American Record in the 77kg weight class clean & jerk.

The lift, set at the Arnold Classic in late 2007, exemplifies Vaughn’s precise technique, though perhaps just a bit on the wobbly side; it is, after all, an American record and an impressive load for a 77kg lifter.

Vaughn’s record stands as of April 2016, though Travis Cooper is hot on its heels. He’s successfully cleaned 190+ at 77kg bodyweight several times, but he has yet to stick the jerk in competition.

And while Vaughn’s 190kg clean & jerk has stood for going on nine years, the American 77kg snatch record is even older. Oscar Chaplin III set that mark at 157.5kg back in 1999. Chaplin’s 85kg snatch record from 2002 also still stands at 166kg.

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Impressive lifts for both Americans, but still a big margin below the World Record 77kg clean & jerk set by Oleg Perepetchenov of Russia back in 2001.

Perepetchenov’s lift is embedded below; it’s too bad most of these were set before the days of easily accessible HD. With a lot of talent in the international 77kg weight class, it’s a record we don’t expect to stand for too much longer (but then again, we doubt many people expected it to stand for 15 years in the first place).

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Weightlifter Profiles: Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Nurudinov (105 kg)

At the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships, BarBend weightlifting correspondent Mike Graber sat down with members of Uzbekistan’s National Team to discuss their training and goals. First up is Ruslan Nurudinov, one of the world’s top 105 kg lifters.

Ruslan Nurudinov

Name: Ruslan Nurudinov

Weight Class: 105kg (105+ for the 2016 Asian Championships)

Hometown: Hanibat, Uzbekistan

Languages Spoken: Uzbek, Russian, English

Education: College degree in Physical Education from Andijan State University

Athletic Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Senior World Silver Medalist – 105KG
  • 2013 Senior World Champion – 105KG
  • 2013 World University Champion – 105KG
  • 2012 & 2013 Asian Champion – 105KG
  • 2012 London Olympic Games 4th Place – 105KG
  • Set World Record in Clean & Jerk at 105KG – 239KG (526 lbs)

“When I set the World Record [at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships], I was only thinking about the moment, I did not think about the other two lifters.” (David Bedzhanyan and Ilya Ilyin – who would re-break the record in their next two attempts)

How long have you been lifting, and how did you get started? 

I started in 1999 when I was 8 years old. I have brothers who were weightlifters and got me into it, they only competed at an amateur level.

Hobbies/Activities outside of Weightlifting?

I play a lot of Playstation 4 (PS4) games, my favorite video game is Clash of Clans.

Goals for Asian Championships? (Ruslan is competing as a 105+ for this competition)

I want to win, I would like to do 190kg (snatch) and 230kg (Clean & Jerk)

Goals for the Olympics?

I want to win that, too. It is not easier the second time around. Weightlifting is always hard.

Who do you consider your biggest competition?

Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan)

Training PRs?

  • Snatch — 205 KG (451 lbs)
  • Clean & Jerk – 240KG (528 lbs)
  • Jerk off Rack – 250KG (550 lbs)
  • Back Squat – 310 KG (682 lbs)
  • Front Squat – 275 KG (605 lbs)

Number of Training Sessions Per Week?

It varies based on how far away from competition, but 9 sessions per week on average throughout the year. Twice a week we attempt 100% and once a week we attempt 95% – 100%.

What does your diet consist of?

Mainly traditional Uzbek and Tartar foods, I like Plov a lot.

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Aleksey Lovchev Challenges IWF Suspension in Anti-Doping Meeting, Maintains Innocence

Following a provisional IWF suspension after his world record clean & jerk, Russian superheavyweight Aleksey Lovchev continues to maintain his innocence in an anti-doping appeal. On April 27th, Lovchev — who is still listed by the IWF as the clean & jerk world record holder following his 264 kilo lift at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships — took to Instagram to update his fans on the proceedings and appeal, including his recent four-hour meeting with the IWF’s Anti-Doping Commission. Post (and rough translation from Russian to English) below:

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In my case began proceedings on the merits. Since the IWF has rejected our proposal to hold hearings once the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland), we met on the site IWF Anti-Doping Commission. The meeting lasted more than four hours, with a short break for coffee. We presented our position, supported by scientific research that proves that I did not use any banned substances and methods. The discussion was very rich. We answered all the questions. Unfortunately, our most vital question remained unanswered. We have refused to say when, at least roughly, expect solutions. Nevertheless, we hope that it will be announced as soon as possible. And if a solution IWF Anti-Doping Commission does not suit us, we will challenge it to CAS. To this end, additional consent IWF is not required.

Lovchev has maintained his innocence ever since the provisional suspension was handed down on Christmas Eve 2015. His suspension put a big damper in Russia’s plans for the Rio Olympics, as the superheavyweight looked to be in supreme shape and poised for a run at Olympic gold (especially with the participation of reigning Olympic champ Behdad Salimi still in question following ACL surgery). Absences from Lovchev and Salimi could leave the door open for Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze — now the reigning World Champion after Lovchev’s suspension — to claim the Olympic title.

Lovchev and Russian representatives seem poised for a lengthy battle to get his suspension (and any more permanent sanctions) overturned. Lovchev’s post references taking the case beyond the IWF appeals process to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). CAS is an independent judicial body set up to resolve disputes in sport when normal channels — and appeals within sport governing bodies like the IWF — fail or are deemed invalid.

Lovchev’s Olympic participation still seems unlikely at best, though we’ll keep our ears peeled for news on the lifter’s status. His recent post shows the world record holder (for now) isn’t willing to sit out competition without a fight.

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