Here is a pre London 2012 clip of the Colombian weightlifting team training together with US lifters, like Kendrick Farris at LSUS.
Featured lifters in order of appeareance: Francisco Mosquera, Carlos Berna, Diego Salazar (Silver, Beijing 2008), Oscar Figueroa who took Silver in London (with Olympic record), and Carlos Andica.
Thanks to the anonymous submitter.
What is up with Farris’s jerk style? To me at least it looks awkward, but if it works well for him then that’s okay. Never seen that odd style before.
Looks like a split jerk. If I recall his heel used to be on the floor during the jerk. Not so much now. It looks weird, but he seems pretty stable with it from this video. He really rips the bar off the floor during the first pull!
I’ve seen Kendrick jerk around 212 or 215 which, at his weight, is within maybe 10 kgs of an Olympic record. He’s got an unusual degree of freakish mobility that allows him to sink under his squat jerk, stabilize in the hole, and then fight his way back up. It looks pretty crazy and the margin of error is small, to say the least, but when it hits, he’s capable of truly world-class CnJ numbers. In London, I believe his final CnJ attempt was, again, within maybe 10 kgs of the best CnJ of any 85er in the games.
Love the way the Columbians lift. Never the best technique, but they pull and attack like they’ve got nothing to lose.
ColOmbians, please. Not Columbia, but Colombia.
i disagree. i think the technique looks very efficient and crisp
mai waifu says
Do you realize that americans have the worst possible oly lifting technique? They teach them to hit the bar with the hips instead of pulling upward.
Listed in order of appeareance: Francisco Mosquera, Carlos Berna, Diego Salazar, Oscar Figueroa, and Carlos Andica.
…My own opinion about Farris; his very, very particular technique (in the jerk) may work harm-free just for him. Others may develop some serious injuries on ankles, knees, hip, and spine. He has tried some different techniques for the jerk, so I guess he has made now somewhat of a fusion between a chinese push and a split jerk. Very risky, but effective (JUST FOR FARRIS). In the snatch, he looses up in the catch, risking again his spine and shoulders. But he is so damn strong, that he manages to tigh up again, and stand, completing the lift. And in the first pull, he jerks the bar out of the floor.
Lifting, at those levels, is also a matter of individualization of the lift, but the lifters must be wise and constant, being not only efficacious, but efficient, and sticking to a movement pattern, working and improving it, instead of jumping from one to another erratically. Again, I’m not saying there is the one-true-almighty-only technique for each lift; look at Suleymanoglu and Guozheng, for example. The first, also jerked the bar of the ground. The second, also had a very risky and particular jerk. But it doesn’t mean that one should not make some technical adjustments on elite levels, neither that one should place on top “what feels comfortable” over “what avoids injury”.
Correction: In the past, I had seen some videos of him doing chinese push press, and some others doing push jerks. What I realize now is that sometimes he failed the jerk and had to dip to save it (making it look like a chinese push press), and some others he exploted remarkably well and, from an angle, it seemed as a push jerk. Anyway, here is a 2003-2010 compilation, from Kendrik’s lifts. You get to see, as I said before, how incredibly strong he was (and is), but how he has had this particular relation/struggle with technique. Just check his first snatch: horrible technique, but he completes the 122.5kg lift.
I apologize for my previous, incorrect observation.
I looked up the Colombians on YouTube and found a documentary on Diego Salazar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4SDYwWgHl0
Alex Gorham says
Some very, very interesting techniques being used here, I really like that extreme sitting back before the initial pull to get a tight back (I assume). Interesting too that Diego Salazar(?) seems to pull with bent arms in the Snatch.
Robert Horvath says
Was this filmed prior to Olympics? Kendrick looks in excellent shape.
Woss Di Julio says
How high did farris get in this video?
My inner “shoe-whore” is coming out…are those Puma Weightlifting shoes on Francisco Mosquera?
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