May Digest: Key Events in the World of Sports

May Digest: Key Events in the World of Sports


Welcome to the May Digest, where we dive deep into some of the most exciting events that unfolded in the world of sports last month. From heartwarming announcements to unexpected setbacks, the sports arena was filled with captivating moments. Let’s take a closer look:

Tia-Clair Toomey’s Joyful Announcement

Let’s start with some good news: Tia-Clair Toomey, the six-time Fittest Woman on Earth®, became a mother last month. On May 12, Toomey announced on Instagram that she had given birth to a healthy baby girl, named Willow Clair Orr.  Toomey’s husband, Shane Orr, is also a well-respected coach, who has worked with many top athletes over the years. Congratulations to the new parents!

Willow Clair

Karlos Nasar’s Road to Recovery

Unfortunately, there was some bad news this month for world-record-holding weightlifter Karlos Nasar. Nasar, who had just dominated the 2023 European Weightlifting Championships, reportedly suffered a debilitating leg injury that may hinder his future in the sport. 

According to reports, Nasar tore his Achilles tendon during a hotel stay in Bulgaria, where he had been training. Although he is receiving medical care and support from his federation, the road to recovery may be long and difficult. We eagerly await his triumphant return to the platform.

Karlos Nasar Championship

Asian Weightlifting Championships: Powerhouses Emerge

Meanwhile, the 2023 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Asian Weightlifting Championships took place in South Korea from May 5 to 13. This year’s AWC was a highly competitive event, with athletes from all over the continent vying for gold medals and recognition.

Although continental weightlifting in Asia has not received as much attention in recent years, this year’s championships showed that there is plenty of talent and dedication in the region. From breathtaking lifts to intense competition, the event paved the way for the finest weightlifters in Asia. For a comprehensive overview of the astonishing performances, be sure to check out the full results here.

Ukraine Reigns Supreme at EPF Equipped Championships

Ukraine Equipped Championships

The European Powerlifting Federation Equipped Championships held in Denmark witnessed a display of raw strength and unparalleled determination. Among the participating nations, Ukraine’s powerlifters emerged as the dominant force, clinching the lion’s share of team awards. 

The stage was set, and our incredible team of powerlifters brought their A-game to the highly anticipated 2023 EPF European Equipped Powerlifting Championships. Brace yourselves as we unveil the final standings and celebrate the awe-inspiring accomplishments of our extraordinary athletes!

👩‍🦰 Women’s Division: 🥇

In a display of sheer dominance, our powerhouses Tetiana Bila and Larisa Solovyova left no doubt about their unrivaled abilities. Tetiana Bila, an unstoppable force in the up to 47 kg category, emerged as the absolute champion of Europe, capturing the gold medal with an outstanding performance.

Meanwhile, Larisa Solovyova showcased her remarkable strength, seizing gold in all three disciplines in the up to 63 kg category, solidifying her status as an unstoppable force in the powerlifting world.

🥈 Silver Medalists: 🥈

The silver medals shone brightly as Tetiana Shchavinska in the up to 57 kg category and Valentina Zagoruyko in the 84+ kg category showcased their incredible strength and skill, securing second place in their respective weight classes.

🥉 Bronze Medalists: 🥉

Anastasia Derevyanko in the up to 52 kg category and Daria Rusanenko in the up to 84 kg category displayed exceptional grit and resilience, clinching the bronze medals in their weight classes. But the glory did not end there for Daria Rusanenko, who shattered records with an astonishing world-record squat of 276 kg, earning her the title of champion in this remarkable discipline.

👱‍♂️ Men’s Division: 🥇

The male powerlifters proved their mettle, dominating the competition and asserting their status as champions. Konstantin Musienko, a force to be reckoned with in the up to 93 kg category, emerged as the absolute champion of Europe, leaving no doubt about his unparalleled strength and determination. In the up to 105 kg category, Oleksandr Rubets displayed exceptional prowess, securing the gold medal in the total category.

Konstantin Musienko Equipped Championships

🥈 Silver Medalists: 🥈

The silver medals belonged to a league of extraordinary men. Andrii Stepanov in the up to 74 kg category, Vitalii Kolomiets in the up to 83 kg category, and Danylo Kovalov in the up to 120 kg category showcased their unwavering dedication and exceptional skill, earning second place in their respective weight classes. Andriy Naniev, competing in the up to 83 kg category, also claimed a silver medal in the thrilling squat discipline.

🥉 Bronze Medalist: 🥉

Viktor Leskovets, a formidable competitor in the up to 120 kg category, demonstrated immense strength and perseverance, securing the bronze medal in the total category, solidifying his place among Europe’s elite powerlifters.

🏆 Team Glory: 🏆

Our team’s remarkable achievements propelled us to new heights, securing the men’s team the top spot in the overall team standings. A testament to their unwavering dedication and outstanding performances. The women’s team also left an indelible mark, capturing the well-deserved second position in the overall team standings.

Congratulations to all the athletes on their incredible achievements! 🎉

May was undoubtedly a month filled with surprises, emotions, and remarkable feats in the world of sports. From celebrating new beginnings to witnessing the resilience of athletes in the face of adversity, we’re reminded once again why sports hold such a special place in our hearts.

Stay tuned for more captivating moments and exhilarating updates in the world of sports. Until then, keep chasing your own dreams and never stop pushing your limits.

Ihor Shymechko

Author: Ihor Shymechko

Coach, PRO Olympic Weightlifter

Ihor Shymechko is a renowned Ukrainian weightlifter. He has represented his country in several Olympic Games, notably in 2008, 2012, and 2016. His impressive career includes winning the European championship in 2009 and earning a silver medal in 2011 in the +105 kg division. Shymechko also earned a Ph.D. from Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

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