August 8th, 2016

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World Record in Rio

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On Day 2 of competitions in Olympic weightifting in Rio, bantam weightlifters (56KG) set two new Olympic records and one World record.


The world record and Olympic record (307 KG in total) was set by Qingtam Long of China. He needed to clean-and-jerk 170 KG to win gold medal in a battle against Yun Chol Om of North Korea.


Qingtam Long won the Olympic Games in 2008. In his turn, Om is a current world champion in this class. He’s also an author of the 171 KG clean-and-jerk  world records in the class.


In Rio, Om lost to Long the snatch part of competitions. In the CJ, he managed to  lift the Olympic record (169 KG)  and moved to the 1st place in total. Om was lighter on his bodyweight. That forced Long to challenge the world record in total in order to win the Olympics tonight.


The new 307 KG total world record brought Chinese athlete his second Olympic title.


The info below is a snippet from our Lift Up project showing the stats and the profiles of the champions. On the covet photo this time we put the photo of Tom Goegebuer of Belgium. Tom is 41 and took the 14th place in Rio.


Time flies. Tom was one of the first active weightlifters in the world who developed his own website where he shared his lifting experience and wrote about weightlifting in his home country Belgium. The inside account on legendary Serge Reding (1941-1975) was for sure a great story to read.


Congrats on a very fine lifting in Rio!







More Info On 2016 Summer Olympics

2016 Summer Olympics Location: Rio de Janeiro, BRA Weight Class: Bantamweight  [56 kg]

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Athlete

Results (kg)

1 Qingquan LONG, China 137+ 170 = 307
2 Yun Chol OM, North Korea 134+ 169 = 303
3 Sinphet KRUAITHONG, Thailand 132+ 157 = 289
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Game's On

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Are you watching the Olympics in Rio?


What do you think these fans are watching?


Women’s gymnastics? Men’s bantam weightlifting? Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay Swimming? Cycling road racing?


Nah. Those are the die-hards at the Suffolk Down Racing.


Olympics are cool. But it’s only once in four years, right?


And here it’s every day, no long travels, the torch never goes down.


Today in the Suffolk Downs. Just some personality shots.











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Weightlifting World Record in Moscow

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Russian President Putin took the whole situation with doping scandal and participation of Russia in the 2016 Summer Olympics under personal control.


Of course, most of the work is to be done for years to come. However the immediate results are obvious. Team Russia is competing in Rio. For the athletes banned from the Olympics by respective federations, Putin suggested to run their own tournament in their sports at the same time as competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.


Just out of curiosity, how many world records will be set at these alternatives?


The cover photo has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin, world records and Olympics in Brazil.


This is me in my junior years doing clean-and-jerk lift 35 years ago in Moscow.


The sign in the background says Рекорд Мира.


World Record in Russian.


Of course, the featured lift is far from the world record.


A lot of my weightlifting friends in America know some Russian and laugh when they see this photo:


“World record, huh? Oh, those Russians are so funny!”


I laugh too.


Interestingly enough, the sign was put there not to give people wrong ideas or to misguide them.


It was a display set behind the platform listing current records at the time. Every time the new record was set, we were updating the display.


It was supposed to be inspirational for us, aspiring lifters.


Will these new world records to come in Russia inspire anyone?


 


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