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Alexandra Escobar ECU 58kg

Persistence pays off for the 33yr old Escobar. Initially in her career she had some early success at the 2001 Worlds with gold in the 53 kg category in the CJ, bronze in the snatch, and the overall bronze medal with a of total 205 kg. She had to wait another 12 yrs to medal at the 2013 Worlds with bronze in snatch 108kg, silver in CJ with 133kg and silver in total 241kg. At the press conference she said she started OL at 19 yrs old.

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Eva-Marie Beauchemin-Nadeau CAN 75kg

Eva-Marie Beauchemin-Nadeau CAN 75kg finished in 6th place at the 2013 World weightlifting championship. It should have been 5th place as her 3rd attempt CJ was turned down on a questionable call. The entire crowd at Centennial hall erupted in very loud booing of the referee’s decision. This was not a partisan crowd.


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OM Yun Chol PRK 56kg – World record attempt CJ 170kg

It was very unfortunate to see this elbow injury to the 2012 Olympic champion.


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GULIYEV Firidun (AZE) 69kg new Jr. world record 194kg


I watched Guliyev and Hristov train under the scrutinizing eyes of Vanev a few days ago. He was giving Hristov shit about his jerk lock out position and then I believe telling him to move his hips under in the jerk as opposed to leaving them back with a torso lean forward. But then again I could be wrong. He did show them the correct position. Guliyev;  he gave him shit about the explosion in the clean. The correction; a very short fast explosive “pop” and extremely quick down. Again he went through the motion, and it appears Vanev is still fast.

Guliyev and Hristov both started the session with squats, as did surprising a lot of teams. Then a bit of a break, and onto snatches. Then time for a smoke break for both Guliyev and coach Vanev. Actually during one smoke break, Vanev (outside) knocked on the glass doors to get Guliyev’s attention (inside) to give him another lifting pointer. All seemed quite amusing to me.


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Who will win at the 2013 World weightlifting championships-Wroclaw, Poland?

Who will win in Poland?

Trach VIE 56kg

Trach VIE 56kg

Really tough call after the Olympic year. Even tougher after seeing the start list. Are the entry totals close to the reality of what they will be doing on game day? Who is playing what game (ie. China)?  Some of their lifters are entered with totals that rank them lower than 10th spot, just not believable. For the powerhouse nation in wtl they come in with some low entry weights. It appears some may be lifting in a B category. And which 8 of the 10 men entered for Russia will lift? Who will get a sudden injury at the last minute? Training lifts really count for little IMO, it all boils down to who comes mentally and physically ready at a precise moment in time. Its one thing to look impressive on a youtube video but quite another to look the same way at a meet where it counts.  No entries from KOR or INA (Indonesia) who typically place  in the top 8. Strong mens teams from TUR and BUL have all but disappeared. I guess Ivan Abadjiev needs to put on more seminars.

56kg have to go with Long CHN. It would be nice to see a WR jerk from Om PRK. The money will be on Om? Tall slender Trach VIE in for a medal.

62kg; much tougher call; probably Chen CHN the 2010 Jr world champion, with the 2 Columbians Figueroa and Mosquera in there for medals and Hristov as well.

69kg;Liao CHN and then Chen RUS and 3rd too close to call with too many contenders. Not sure about the 2nd ranked Sanchez VEN? Maybe.

77kg; Lu CHN, Taghian IRI (based on a long history of medallists in this category), stick my neck out with the host countries Zwarycz POL

Apti Aukhadov RUS 85kg

Apti Aukhadov RUS 85kg

85kg;  Hopefully the “battle royal” will happen between Zielinski POL and Aukhadov RUS, I’d like to pick Rybakou for 3rd, but he looked pretty bad at the 2012 Olympics, so I will go with  Tian CHN.

94kg; Ivanov RUS the steadfast soldier for 1st, one of entries from KAZ Uteshov, Sedov(world champion in 2009), and Kasabijew POL

105kg; Dolega POL, Bedzhanyan RUS, Bonk POL ( not picking Aramnau), Nurudinov KAZ (this guy is capable of 420kg if he is in shape. Actually Bonk may be a surer bet than Dolega. At 31 yrs old Dolega’s body has taken a pounding.

Supers; Udachyn UKR, probably then two Russians (they have 3 listed Mogushkov, Albegov, Lovchev)

Ruiz COL 85kg

Ruiz COL 85kg lifting in B category won silver in CJ. What dark horses will win medals in 2013?

The bottom line is I have no idea who will win. Probably the only person I’d put money on is Ilin, but he isn’t lifting and the odds would be terrible.



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