The weightlifting news from this week (Feb 13th-20th) includes:
- The plan for more athlete power within the IWF
- China’s superstars and their backlog of unnamed record-holders (videos below)
- Kate Nye (USA -76) cleans 150kg off the blocks, 11kg over the American record
More athlete power within the IWF
An Athlete Advisory Council has been proposed at an IWF ‘think tank’ meeting held at the International Solidarity Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Though nothing has been finalised, the proposal does perhaps give an idea about the direction the IWF might move. Read more
Despite his world champion status Tian Tao (96) is currently fighting for a spot to make the team of four that China will send to the Olympics. His training looked good this week, snatching 140kg for a set of 6, and 170kg for a ‘power’. The world record sits at 186kg.
World champion and snatch world record holder Li Fabin (61) lifted well this week, power snatching 120kg, 83% of his 145kg world record. Even so, he was challenged by training lifts by He Yue Kee (61) who hit an incredible 147kg +2kg world record snatch, and an unknown 62kg athlete who clean and jerked 180kg, 6kg over the 174kg world record.
USA’s Katherine Nye, who today won the IWF Lifter of the Year award, cleaned an enormous 150kg off the blocks earlier this week. This lift is 13kg over her 71kg American record, is 11kg over the 76kg American record – the weight class she is currently moving into – and just 6kg under the world record in the lift.