Meanwhile in China …
After winter training comes… a check in with the Chinese team during the spring training.
If you can help translate that would be great.
Update: Translation & Summary thanks to Bruce, Wally and Victor.
The first half of the video is summarizing what was mentioned in the previous two videos, how National team split off into two for winter training.
The group from Hainan (Lu, Liao, Tian, Long) have already returned, while the group in Fujian has another week to go. The camp is saying that they’re recovered from previous competition and injuries.
Tian even says it’s probably his best winter of training.
There are the National Championships in ZheJiang on 4/24/15, and the winners of these will be the first choices to go to Worlds in 2014.
They then talk about how this year and next year will help determine the 6 spots for men and 4 spots for women for 2016. Then some talk about how now people have to lift for themselves now.
They also talked about how in the past for slots it would only be the team (regardless of athlete) to get the slots. Now, in this 14-16 cycle, the athletes that want to compete in the Olympics have to do two major events.
Translation from Victor:
Liao Hui and Lu Xiaojun have regained form and Long Qingquan has returned to his strongest form (not sure if the reporter fudged this one up but it seems off since in the last video, Yujie said Long had recovered to his finest form with 2/3 winter training left so I feel Long should be easily beyond his best form now).
Tian Tao personally said that it was his best winter training ever as he had made several major breakthroughs in all important aspects including strength. He said that he won’t over-think the competition since he’s very confident that if he can perform in competition as he did in training, “there won’t be any problems whatsoever.”
The statement is extremely bold and most can interpret him as saying nobody has a chance against him unless he screws himself up.
The reporter says the April nationals will determine the first choice for the November worlds and both this and next year’s performances would be taken into account for Rio.
Yu Jie said that under new IWF regulations, weightlifters have to attend two international competitions (between Olympic cycles) to qualify for the next Olympics.
Update 28.03.2015: Some kind of test event for the women.
Translation by Victor:
There was a test of strength for the women’s team. Deng Wei and Xiang Yanmei were especially excellent but most team members have returned to the heights of their strength, with some making breakthroughs.
Tian Yuan is still not in form and did not participate. Zhou Lulu is completely screwed as she came down with appendicitis and is recovering from her surgery. She most probably won’t appear on stage this year (I assume from what they say).
Kang Yue has also recovered and is in form again.
Women’s head coach Wang Guoxin has noted that the success rate during this test event was sub-par but that is not the important thing as here, he just wanted to see their potential power.
The next steps in training will be improving their consistency before they compete late April.