November 28th, 2015

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2015 World Championship: Women, 69KG


In the Women 75KG at the weightlifting world championship in Houston, Texas, again the top of the medal stand was conquered by a Chinese lifter.

24-year-old Yue Kang won gold medal in total with 282KG. Silver medal was awarded to Jong Sim Rim, PRK, and Olga Zubova won the third place.

Needless to say, it was one of the most dramatic competitions at the 2015 IWF World Championship this year.

Silver medal by Rim deserves a bucket of gold medals. A clothes store of Stetson hats and a plantation of yellow roses of Texas. It was absolutely heroic and unprecedented when, badly injured in the snatch, Rim lifted heavy in the jerk program. It was lifting for life, for her country and for something that goes beyond rational appreciation of the iron game… It definitely deserve a separate story.

The 4th place by Svetlana Podobedova also deserve a separate discussion. She was well prepared for the tournament, she is a gutsy clutch athlete and she lost the bronze medal to Olga Zubova by bodyweight.

For now, thank you, wonderful and beautiful and strong ladies of the 75KG weight class. You gave us a memorable day and it was fantastic!

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2015 World Championship: Men, 94KG


The 105KG weight class in men’s program is a hot ticket at the weightlifting tournaments. The lifters are very athletic. The loads are heavy and impressive.

The heavier, the merrier.

Audience in the weightlifting hall just love to watch this class.

World championship is an important competition for Olympic weightlifters. The top priority is the Olympics. Then, goes the Worlds.

So, there were plenty of talent that was eager to win tonight when they entered the competition stage in Houston, TX. All 11 athletes in the A list were capable to total over 400KG.

The snatch competition was won by Ivan Efremov of Uzbekistan. 29-year-old athlete lifted solid 3-in-3 – 183KG, 187KG and 192KG. Gold medal in the snatch.

Alex Zaychikov and Simon Martirosyan were the second and third with 191KG and 186KG respectively.

Russian heavyweight David Bedzhanyan won the jerk competition with 231KG lift. Zaychikov took the second place again.

Bedzhanyan is a superb squat-style jerker. He set two world records in this lift in 2011 and 2014. However, his results in the snatch didn’t allow him to win gold in total. He was only 9th in the snatch with 180KG. It was 7KG less than he lifted at the Worlds in 2014 when he won the bronze medal. This year David lifted 16 less than last year in total but he won the silver medal.

The world title in this class went to Kazakhstan. Alex Zaychikov won silver medal in individual lifts and won the first place in total. Arturs Plesnieks from Latvia won his first world medal in his career. He’ll take a bronze medal to Latvia. He was the 10th in the snatch and the 4th in the jerk competition. But, overall, he was #3 this year.

2015 World Championship

Location: Houston, USA
Weight Class: Heavyweight  [105 kg]

More Info On 2015 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Alexander ZAYCHIKOV,  Kazakhstan 191+230 = 421
2 David BEDZHANYAN,  Russia 180+231 = 411
3 Arturs PLESNIEKS,  Latvia 179+226 = 405
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Great Effort. Bad Lift.


Words, pictures, videos give only a bit of gamut of emotions you go through when you actually see this type of lifts in the close proximity.

Silence in the audience. Focus of athletes.

Quietness of the coaches. Invisibility of the referees.

Motionless weight on the platform.

Lift or no lift.

David Bedzhanyan goes for the current world record in the 105KG weight class. He needs to lift it to win the gold in total.

No guts. No glory… No lift this time…


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Ms. Rim Jong Sim: The Lifter



The story of the silver medal by Rim Jon Sim in the 75KG weight class (women) at the 2015 World Championship in Houston, TX USA  deserves a page in the history book.

I used to be a competitive weightlifter years ago and I’ve been following the sport of Olympic weightlifting for quiet a while. I saw moments of glory and sadness. It’s a sport and injuries and inspiring stories of victories despite being injured is a part of weightlifting. But I’ve never seen anything like Rim Jon Sim’s performance at the 2015 world.

Rim Jon Sim is only 22 and she  is already an Olympic champion in the 69KG class (2012, London). This year she moved up to a new weight class and had a very tough competition with big contenders ready to win another gold medal last night.

In the snatch program, Rim lifted 120, 125 and then went for 128KG which could have given her a chance to win gold medal in this lift. She failed to conquer 128 KG and got injured. She needed assistance to leave the platform – she couldn’t do it on her own. It was hard to tell what happened but looked like Rim injured her left hip and knee.

It looked bad and most didn’t expect Rim to compete in the clean-and-jerk program.

It was a surprise to see Rim again the training hall warming up for a clean-and-jerk. It was absolutely unreal to see her coaches calling her first attempt at 150KG! Rim literally lifted it on one leg. The clean was powerful but it was a life-and-death struggle when she was trying to hold the weight above her head in the jerk. Her left leg seemed unresponsive and the lifting hall froze in amazement watching it.

Now, the truth is that most of spectators attending weightlifting tournaments are either lifters themselves or coaches or former lifters or family members. So, these guys know what it takes to lift heavy. When Rim appeared on the platform again for the second attempt at 155KG (!!!) no one could understand what was going on. The 155KG lift went through the same scenario as the 150KG. Rim lifted it on one leg, struggled to hold it and after receiving the “down” command from the refs, she collapsed on the platform to be carried away by the assistants.

The audience gave her a standing ovation. Even her teammates from North Korea who don’t seem to be openly emotional stood up and applauded to Rim.

And guess what. It’s not the end of the story. Rim went for the third attempt at 157KG which would have given her gold. Please read “went” as a figure of speech. She couldn’t walk on her own. She cleaned it and failed in the jerk. She collapsed on the platform and had to be carried away again.

The goal of sports is to win. Everybody pays their own price for being a champion. In the end, Rim Jon Sim won three silver medals last night – in the snatch, clean-and-jerk and total.

As a medalist she also got a Stetson hat and a yellow rose of Texas.

She walked to the medal ceremony with the help of her competitors.

That was a well deserved yellow rose of Texas.

Bravo, Ms. Rim Jon Sim!


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