Here is Mohamed Ehab’s 152kg Snatch from the 2014 World Championships.
(Video also on Facebook, and @atginsta)
He went 3/3 in the Snatch with 145, 149 and 152 which earned him the Snatch Bronze Medal and is actually pretty close to his training PRs.
The Clean & Jerk didn’t start out as planned as he missed his opner at 177. He came back out for the same weight and nailed it on his second attempt. For his third attempt he increased to 182kg. This lift gave him bodyweight advantage over Kim Myong Hyok from North Korea.
Result: Silver medal in the Total with 334kg! (also Egypian records in Snatch and Total)
My Personal Thoughts:
As many of you know, Mohamed is a personal favorite of mine. I love watching his training videos and really enjoyed following his progress leading up to worlds.
Many people have criticized his creative choice of assistance exercises, but there is not much left to argue about when you can back it up with medals at senior world championships.
Anyway, with his less than perfect training conditions in a country that went through a crisis, to me Mohamed resembles the spirit of weightlifting. I was really happy to see him on the podium.
More from Mohamed:
Update: Different Angle
Update: Hookgrip Slow Motion Video
Ehab and Rostami are two favourites of mine as well. Glad to see him actually perform on the international stage after 5 years of not competing outside Egypt. My favourite part about him I think is his unique character and attitude in the gym. It’s the same reason I enjoy watching Ilya. They make weightlifting even more fun than it already is!
Todd Wilson says
I echo your sentiments on Ehab Gregor. As for his assistance work… Some I do question… And some I’ve implemented into my own training!
Questioning things is good and I support that. I was referring to the hateful comments his posts received.
Todd Wilson says
Well, that’s my point, and I agree, questioning is great, essential… but key board jockeys, and frankly many in the American weightlifting community are impressively closed minded and simply ridicule because it’s not what they do or recommend… meanwhile, we watch other countries dominate the sport.
Go try some of Ehab’s assistant work before throwing the baby out with the bath water! “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee
Tom Bennett says
I think it’s hilarious that internet bozos even question a guy that got a SILVER at worlds–obviously he knows his body better than any of them. 99.9% of the haters wouldn’t even make it to their own nationals. laughable.
I learned of Ehab through this site, and I am thrilled by his success in Almaty. His love for the sport and his work ethic really came through in the videos posted here, and so it is great to see him emerge among the very best in the world. Egypt decades ago used to produce world class weightlifters, and it looks like it is starting to do that again.
I am not sure. Someone can correct me. Your update should read:
“How fitting, today is Ehab’s birthday” as Mohamed is not a first name. I once used Mohamed as first name in a email conversation and I was corrected.
not nitpicking by the way…
ATG – Getting Names Wrong Since 2011 🙂