Weightlifting News – Klokov & Akkaev Still Training, Aramnau & Kashirina not at Europeans

Lots of weightlifting news has been piling up over the last couple of days.

Some good, some bad. Here is your fix.


Klokov Stacking PlatesHe was not on the 2013 Russian Team List, but Dmitry Klokov (and Khadzhimurat Akkaev) are still training according to Sergey Syrtsov (head of Russian weightlifting).

So there is hope. Remember that in his post London Interview Klokov said he wants to “rest until January, and then begin training for the Russian Championships that will take place in the summer (May 28th to June 4th).”

And that turned out to be exactly the case. Syrtsov said:

They practice. Although their participation in the Universiade is very unlikely. It was still not enough time. Most likely, they will be preparing for the championship of Russia, and attempt to qualify for the World Cup in October. I hope they have time to recover this time.

In not so pleasant news from Russia, Tatiana Kashirina pulled out of the 2013 Europeans due to a wrist injury. Minor injury, but they don’t want to risk anything.

Svetlana Tsarukaeva and Natalia Zabolotnaya will probably not compete this year. Svetlana has knee surgery. Natalia had surgery on her eyes. (via)


Another drop out (after Rybakou). Andrei Aramnau will not be competing in the 2013 Europeans. He said it’s due to a pinched nerve. (via)

Nastassia Novikava pulled out as well. She gained weight (she is 58kg usually) and does not feel competitive at 63kg.


Remember the Daniel Koum story? Well, he is going to court now.

  • The Dude

    I’m so sick of Klokov and Akkaev. All I frickin want is Aramnau to compete at a major competition.

    • dustin oranchuk

      Aramnau is a fat POS, and I seriously dont expect him to compete internationally ever again. sometime like 5 straight international competitions he has been registered in, he has dropped out of.

      • http://www.facebook.com/luc.lapierre.357 Luc Lapierre

        Aramnau, in his day, was next-level. Better than Klokov and Akkaev, who everyone seems to enjoy jerking off to for some reason. Aramnau’s positions, speed, bar placement, power, strength, pull, and focus were all superior to the aforementioned duo. He was just a better athlete.
        However, if all you wanna see is six-packs, then you’re better off just going to Mike Chang’s Youtube channel.

        • dustin oranchuk

          Its not that he doesn’t have a 6 pack (akkaev doesn’t either). Its that he’s soooo gifted yet that tallent is being wasted. DUIs terrible coaches. Likely terrible diet etc… He could have been one of the best of all time. Instead he’s more of a 1 hit wonder. Such a waste.

          • http://www.facebook.com/luc.lapierre.357 Luc Lapierre

            Sorry, I misinterpreted your angst.
            I agree, it’s frustrating to watch all that talent going to waste.

  • nope

    “Another drop out (after Rybakou). Andrei Aramnau will not be competing in the Europeans. He said it’s due to a pinched nerve. (via)”

    bunch of horseshit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/0003xela Alex Vargas

    Well with out Tatiana that gives Julia Russia’s other female super a chance to pull some good numbers and possibly a gold medal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.ford.12576 Marc Ford

    Gregor, the Rigert article is from 2012.

    • GregorATG

      Thanks Marc… I removed that reference. The later the evenings the more 2s look like 3s

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberto.rosario.94 Roberto Rosario

    No Tsarukeva? :(

    • Fuerza Extrema

      My favorite my pretty Svetlana :(

  • Motti

    But Akkayev in the Russian team list.

  • Afferbeck

    It’s depressing that all we have to offer internationally to weightlifting is a shitty corruption story.

  • Ivan Bista

    No Rybakov, i was really looking forward to seeing him after the London bomb-out. He looked beaten up there, hopefully he will regain his health, though not sure… One of my favorites, sad to see his back stand in his way since a few years now.