This years 105kg world weightlifting championship category was filled with emotion and drama. First came Simon Martirosyan breaking his own world record Snatch and attempting to break his own Total world record. Then came the race to first place.
David Bedzhanyan, Ruslan Nurudinov and Ilya Ilyin were all closely tied after the Snatch phase. Everyone pushing each other to the limit as every kilo would count going into the Clean and Jerk event. The first piece of drama came as Bedzhanyan missed his second attempt at 236kg. Nurudinov and Ilyin both placed 239kg as their next attempts to break Bedzhanyan’s old 238kg record.
Ilyin is first up, he misses his attempt at 239kg, leaving him with one attempt left and time to choose his next weight. Nurdinov breaks the first world record at 239kg [Video] leaving Ilyin needing 242kg to win the championships by virtue of bodyweight. Bedzhanyan was next up with 240kg [Video] and less than a minute after his record was taken away from him by Nurudinov he steals it back. In a final rush of excitement Ilyin wins the gold medal in the Clean and Jerk by shattering the record set less than a minute beforehand with a heroic attempt at 242kg. Ilya goes on to win the world championships 105kg category in the total.
It’s worth noting that Ilya is undefeated in international competition. He currently holds seven world records:
- Youth world records: 170kg Snatch, 216kg Clean and Jerk and a 386kg Total at 85kg
- Junior world record: 386kg Total at 85kg
- Senior world records: 233kg Clean and Jerk, 418kg Total at 94kg and a 242kg Clean and Jerk at 105kg
You can watch the full competition here.
Update: Ilya thinks he can increase the C&J WR by 12-16kg until Rio 2016 (via). Furthermore:
If all goes according to plan, I will try to raise the bar for the world record in the clean and jerk and lift 260 kg.
And just for a sense of the atmosphere…