Update: Tian Tao Video with 225kg Clean at 4:55.
via commenter “whatever” youtube.
Tian Tao says he has a bad temper. As a kid, when he was training, he snatched the stick out of his coach’s hands and flung that in rage! Haha what a kid!.
It resulted in an ass-whooping from the coach though. He says that he normally competes against the higher weight classes in China since his clean is so high. They jokingly say that he is the world’s number one cleaner! (The video shows him cleaning 225kg but failing to jerk it (at 4:55).
He says he was in poor form that day but got a little better when the heavyweights showed up to have a friendly competition.) He says he was immature in Houston, and having won first place in the snatch, thought that he had the competition won for sure. Because of that overconfidence, he relaxed and his peak for that day slipped, causing him to bomb.
When Tian Tao severely injured his elbow at the 2012 national games as a 77kg lifter attempting a 212kg clean and jerk, he entered YuJie’s team and for 2 years, he only trained technique and the small supporting muscles, never maxing out until he was fully healed.
The entire Chinese team saw how well this worked for him and they too, began to specifically train their small supporting muscles (often using elastic bands).
Yu Jie says he should have patented the idea!
Translation thanks to Vaichyon:
0:02 Lü: “Winning this championship really has been a tough fight. Most importantly I have only one thing to say–I want to thank my daughter. I have let her down. That’s all for today.”
0:18 Lü: “My daughter was 18 months old, but I couldn’t come home as I was preparing for the world championships and she only saw me through videos. There wa s so much I wanted to say, express, about how much I missed home.”
0:50 Reporter: “Did your family watch your performance on TV?”
Lü: “Yes they did, live. My daughter sat right before the TV, in front of my wife. As soon as I appeared she screamed “Papa! Papa!”, and was mimicking me with her own bamboo stick”
1:27 Reporter: “With his daughter lifting 2 00 kg easily with him, no wonder Lü Xiaojun appears the happiest he’s ever been”
1:47 Lü: “It really has been a big change for me. Before 2012 I was single. After 2012 I got married, had a daughter and established a family. Such a goal of human life was accomplished, now comes the responsibility of how to support my family, for them to live happier by the day and for my child to have a joyful upbringing.”
2:21 Reporter: “Last year, a lot has changed, and a lot has yet to change. Under the strong hands of his masseur, we can see, under his smile, the more famili ar Lü Xiaojun wincing in pain.
2:42 Lü: “With regards to my family and my age, my strength has not left me, but I do take a while longer to recover. I have to deal pre-emptively with recovery. Others may take a month to recover, while I take two months, so I do have to make adjustments in training.”
3:13 Reporter: “Training has not changed much; Lü lifts heavy barbells every day. What has changed is Lü training sharper and more attentively. Weightlifting, like kung fu, requires a savvy grasp of the discipline. Only few people can spend decades training two mo vements. The 32-year-old Lü Xiaojun remains the master of -77 kg weightlifting. But even this master has experienced slip-ups, as in last year’s world championships.”
3:48 Lü: “I train with great confidence, with the conviction that I am number one in the -77 kg class. Even in competition I believe I am number one. But in competition I am facing a mental battle. In last year’s world championships we lost both myself and Tian Tao. Even Tian Tao lifted excellently in training and thought “yeah, yeah, I’m the best, I’m gonna go break that record, whatever” haha. Under the pressure of competition the result of our complacency was such.”
4:31 Reporter: “This April’s national championships were also the Olympic trials. Lü Xiaojun wasted no energy. As long as he is focused, it leaves his competition with little chance of winning. He even went on to break his own total record.”
4:49 Lü: “My mind was there from the moment I got out of bed. The only thing I thought about was weightlifting. If the mind is serious, the bar will feel light. If not, it will be very heavy.”
5:33 Lü: “Guili, wait for papa to bring you a gold medal home”
5:46 Text: “Lü Xiaojun”
5:47 Text: “Background in sprinting”
5:52 Text: “Late bloomer”
5:55 Text: “Goyang”
5:57 Text: “Broke records” “Zhan Xugang’s successor”
6:02 Text: “Misses his brothers”
6:05 Text: “Mishap”
6:11 Text: “Affectionate father”
6:14 Text: “To Rio”
Update: Deng Wei Video
Translation thanks to Richard Sun!
00:23 Deng Wei: When I start the competition, I never think about practice. I really never did. When I come to the movement, experience, and technique, I never really think about it.
00:40 Wang Guoxin – She’s clean. Her mind is really clean, no distractions. “when I’m training, I’m focused. I know what I want and I’ll get it” This teammate in competition, she’s of the highest quality mentally because of the daily training.
00:56 Reporter: Wang Guoxin thinks very highly of Deng Wei, starting from National Championships of 2014. She’s very excellent. Dare to challenge, dare to try. Everyone praise about her power of will, but to herself, she doesn’t think so.
01:14 Deng: I think my willpower is weak. To show the effect from daily training, you need a solid foundation(rather than just willpower). I am consistent in competition, not like other opponents who has inconsistent performances. I think that’s one of my strong points during competition.
01:40 Reporter: Deng Wei’s foundation that she mentioned can be summarized as how performance from compeittion translates from training well. (Her performance is always her best performance) This is one of the rare and powerful talents. In order to have this talent, you will have to sacrifice a lot over time. Four years ago, during the 58kg Olympic trials, she lost to her teammate, Li Xueying who went to the Olympics in london to win gold. In 2014, Deng Wei moved up to the 63kg weight class. She became happier.
02:10 Deng Wei: I am free to eat and play. Before that, you can’t eat or have fun because once you have fun, you start eating. If you keep eating, your weight will rise uncontrollably. You have to control your diet and with heavy training, you will tire yourself out. Regardless, this is where I always wanted to go. If my score and ability is enough, of course I want to go.(Olympics)
Meng Suping Video still needs Translation
Thanks to commenter whatever77054 on YouTube for the translation.
Meng had a wonderfully harsh winter training and had improved a lot but sadly, she could not show it at the nationals, where she “only” totalled 330. Her brother, who was the hope and joy of the family, was due to be wed, but recently got into a serious car accident, leaving him in near death form. She almost left weightlifting to go home to take care of him and her coach almost went with her. She knows that China will not send her to Rio for a silver medal behind Kashirina but she says she will give one final push before the Olympics to show them what she’s made of. If she’s still not selected, she has no regrets.
0:30 Coach Wang GuoXin says, “Meng Suping, if you keep training like this, we might really have to send you to Rio. This is how you’re supposed to pull! Don’t cheat the weight up like you used to; pull it every moment as it rises! You have to be crystal clear on your weaknesses. What a waste if you can’t use your massive strength to better your lifts.”
0:48 is where it gets funny. He criticizes her snatch saying it’s not sharp enough all the way through and it looks like a limp dog hence him howling at 0:50″.
Update: Hou Zhihui (48kg) Video
Update: Long Qingquan Video
Chen Lijun Video
Again, thanks to commenter whatever77054 on YouTube for the translation.
It is rare when a coach as stern as Yujie gives such compliments to a trainee as he did after Chen Lijun’s 2015 Houston performance. Chen said that he did not even consider the WR; he only wanted to win. But unexpectedly, he defeated Kim with 1 lift to spare so they put 183 on the bar for a try! He said that he was not a confident lifter until this competition.
Chen was born of a poor farming family. His father died and his mother had to raise the family by herself, though Chen is an only child. As a boy, he was very active, but academics made him queasy. One day, a talent scout from the weightlifting federation came to his class and asked the little boys to do two exercises; the standing long jump and as many push-ups as they can. Chen amazed him, jumping 2.1 meters and performing over 50 push-ups in one set as a small child with no training! And that was how his weightlifting career began.
Chen says that with Kim banned, the threshold for victory has dropped tremendously, but he cannot let that affect his training. What if someone else were to suddenly perform with shockingly high results? He must be in form to answer or the consequences will be unthinkable!
Final recap video