What’s Interesting in the Weightlifting World?

What’s Interesting in the Weightlifting World?


I have not competed for a long time, but I follow sports life. And there is so much inspiration going on! Judge for yourself.

Oleksandr Usyk Took Several Championship Belts in the Heavyweight Division to Ukraine.

On September 25, 2021, the Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Oleksandr Usyk defeated British boxer Anthony Joshua in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London by decision of the judges and took his champion belts:

  • The World Boxing Association (WBA)
  • International Boxing Federation (IBF)
  • World Boxing Organization (WBO)
  • International Boxing Organization (IBO).

What does weightlifting have to do with boxing? Two years before this fight, the team of Oleksander Usyk introduced weightlifting training into their current training schedule. It helps to pump the explosive power of the legs, from which the punch is charged. The stronger the impulse from the legs, the harder the punch. I didn’t believe it myself until I tried it in a joint training session with Oleksandr: 

It’s a pity, we didn’t guess then to measure his signature “Cossack” split jump. I’m sure he is jumping higher now even after fighting 12 rounds.

"Cossack" split jump

100-Year-Old Lifter Holds With New Records

Edith Murway-Train from Tampa (Florida, USA) this year celebrated her 100th anniversary and recently set a Guinness World Record for the oldest competitive powerlifter. The former dance teacher came to the gym at 91, was inspired by the work of powerlifters and started a new hobby.

In the video, she is 97 years old performing at regular competitions. Edith deadlifts 165 pounds and bench presses 65 pounds. In November, the grandmother threatens to surprise with new records. “She just loves to be applauded,” says her daughter.

Of course, powerlifting is not weightlifting. But I can’t pay attention to such inspiring real-life barbell examples.

2021 Iwf World Weightlifting Championships Will Be Held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

The Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to hold the World Championships on December 7-17 in Tashkent. The competition should be held in the spirit and at the level of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The representatives of Uzbekistan have established themselves as excellent organizers – in May, the junior world championship was successfully held in Tashkent.

Great news for those planning to support athletes in December. You can order exclusive T-shirts with the print of the Olympic champion for Uzbekistan in weightlifting Ruslan Nurudinov. The t-shirt is printed with a photo of Ruslan from the 2021 Asian Championship and his C&J world record – 241 kg.

Start to ship – November 2021! LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE!

Weightlifters Set New World Records at the XIV National Games in China

We did not have time to get used to the new world records of the Olympic Games, as the Chinese athletes raised the numbers.

From 15 to 27 September, the XIV National Games were held in China, in which 221 weightlifters took part: 113 women and 108 men in 14 weight categories. The athletes have broken 6 world records among seniors and 25 among juniors. Among them:

  • Hou Zhihui, Olympic champion in Tokyo, set a world record in the 49 kg category – 214 kg in total.
  • Su Tintin in the 55 kg weight category lifted 1 kg more than the champion in Tokyo – 225 kg.
  • Xiang Yanmei, Rio Olympic champion, surpassed the clean and jerk world record with 157 kg.
Su Tintin in the 55 kg weight category

Shi Zhiyong, two-time Olympic champion, broke national records in the snatch and total with 170 kg and 365 kg respectively surpassing his own world records in the men’s 73 kg at China’s National Games.

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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