Here is my shot of Apti Aukhadov’s 205kg Clean & Jerk opener at the 2014 Worlds.
This was his only successful Clean & Jerk (he missed 213 twice).
Let’s wish him a happy birthday (today, November 18th, he turns 22) and hope he will have less trouble with injuries in the upcoming year.
More: Watch his 215kg Clean & Jerk from the 2013 Europeans.
Video of his lifts
Why have we recently been acknowledging all these odd lifts (185 Didzbalis, 183 Martirosyan, 205 Atpi, Jo Pokhyang Michael Jackson snatch) and skipping the higher lifts of the competition winners? Sedov’s 188 snatch to tie the WR, Kydyrbaev’s 229 C&J, Ivan Markov and Kianoush Rostami’s lifts, etc.. are all much more worthy of individual threads than these random lifts, in my opinion.
Tom Bennett says
Kydyrbaev is a monster…a good question: why is Rostami so inconsistent with his C&J?
Getting the first attempt red lighted was what threw him off. He was ready for the world record that day. At the press conference he said that after his first attempt he was angry and couldn’t get his mind right.
He also said he has done 220 multiple times in training (vids on ATG) and usually trains at below 85kg (even mentioned 83kg). At that point in the press conference Ivan Markov said in disbelieve (and in English) “You are a strong man”, which was hilarious.
Tom Bennett says
I think the red light was fair…he never “quite” got it stable honestly. Would “I” have given it to him: yup, but the rules are the rules
He’s definitely good for a 218-222 clean and jerk IMO. He had a “bad” day and hit 391 for heavens sake! hahaha.
Do you think this is what happened to Lovchev too? he seemed to be goign for the record opening with 205: 205/210/215.
Could be, but unfortunately I couldn’t attend the +105kg press conference.
Jerker Karlsson says
Rostami seems to miss a lot in international competition in the clean and jerk. The 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Asian Games for example, and now also at the worlds. It was really a strong effort to make that last lift.
Speaking of press conferences .. can you give a brief summary of the 105’s conference? Or are there any write-ups, transcripts, videos etc. that you know of?
Also Lovchev’s 257 jerk which is the biggest since Steiner ’08.
Jerker Karlsson says
I can understand most of the posts. Martirosyan snatched a youth world record, the snatch toe save and the 185 kg snatch with the added backflip are simply memorable lifts and a joy for many to watch. It’s not all about the weight lifted. Style and flair, extraordinary saves on lifts gone bad and other unique lifts need to get their fair share of attention as well.
The 205 kg clean and jerk by Aukhadov is a little bit less interesting though, I agree with that.
Was Aukhadov injured or coming out of an injury prior to these world championships?
Apti had a back problem for which he underwent surgery. That’s why he skipped Russian nationals and prepared directly for worlds. The Russian head coach said he just didn’t have enough time recover.
Thanks for your answer. Hopefully he’ll be fitter for the next one! 85Kg class is looking really promising for the near future! I think we’ll see quite a few records tumble!!! 😉
Apti also had a varicocele/groin hernia operation…twice (first in Russia and then in Germany if memory serves). I don’t know about the hernia, but the spinal injuries date back to pre-London when Rigert made Apti prove himself over and over again after an anomaly bad performance in Paris (where Kireev simultaneously had his one and only good performance ever at 85kg). By “prove himself over and over again,” I mean that Apti lifted 175/215 in April 2012 at a juniors competition, then could not fully compete at the nationals in end May/early June 2012, then lifted 175/215 again once or twice in test lifts at the camp before London. I might be forgetting something.
Apti is coached by Anikanov, who is very respected at FTAR because his athletes are strong and never have problems passing internal doping control. It is hard on the body to constantly lift competition-level weights when you are clean. When I last spoke with his camp, there was some concern that Apti did not get the proper treatment for his spinal injury earlier this year.
I hope that Apti learns something from this, i.e., that youth and health are fleeting and therefore he seriously risks his weightlifting career if he follows through with his plans to do crossfit seminars next year.
P.S. I am not ragging on crossfit seminars, but Klokov has set the bar high and Apti will be expected to lift some big weights while traveling and giving seminars. That can only hurt his prospects. Smarter to be like Ilyin, whose coach after London said Ilyin will take a break that will involve conditioning and some limited lifting, but no “boom!”