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  • 2013 European Weightlifting Championships

    First they were slated to be in Spain, then they got moved to Bulgaria and now it's been settled that this year's (Senior Men's and Women's) European Weightlifting Championships will be in Albania.

    What do you think: will we see some big lifts or is everyone going to be on cruise control after the London Olympics?

  • #2
    One of the things I'll be really interested to see is who the Russians enter in the 105-kg category.

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    • #3
      No Turkish Delight

      This is going to change things:

      http://www.ironmind.com/

      http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/ope...h_Delight.html

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      • #4
        Anybody here going?

        I finally bought my plane ticket for Albaniais anyone else here going to European Weightlifting Championships?

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        • #5
          Preliminary Entry List

          I just took a quick look at the preliminary entry list and there are some surpriseswe should see some pretty interesting lifting in Tirana.

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          • #6
            On paper, I'd say the 85s and the 105s could be especially interesting on the men's side and the 75s and +75s on the women's side.

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            • #7
              Final Entries: Super Surprise?

              I just saw the final entry list and this could be very interesting: Ruslan Albegov (Russia) is there (supers).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Randall Strossen View Post
                I just saw the final entry list and this could be very interesting: Ruslan Albegov (Russia) is there (supers).
                http://www.ironmind.com/
                http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/ope..._Surprise.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Randall Strossen View Post
                  I just saw the final entry list and this could be very interesting: Ruslan Albegov (Russia) is there (supers).
                  Randy,
                  I was very impressed with Albegov's lifting at last years Russian Nationals and the Olympics...he was one good attempt from a silver medal.
                  I saw some YouTube videos of him lifting-notice how his upper back seems to round at the start of the first pull? Kinda looks like the way I do it, except Im a few kilos behind
                  Any chance of you tracking down Rigert for an interview?
                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mike anderson View Post
                    Randy,
                    I was very impressed with Albegov's lifting at last years Russian Nationals and the Olympics...he was one good attempt from a silver medal.
                    I saw some YouTube videos of him lifting-notice how his upper back seems to round at the start of the first pull? Kinda looks like the way I do it, except Im a few kilos behind
                    Any chance of you tracking down Rigert for an interview?
                    Mike

                    Mike -

                    I was hoping that Albegov was going to pull a major upset, but it would have taken the big clean and jerk that he didn't have in London. Good comment about his backI went back and took a quick look at my photos from London and he seemed to do this more on snatches than on cleans.

                    Rigert is no longer the Russian national coach so it's unlikely he'll be at the Europeans. He understands English, but usually pretends not too, probably as part of a lingering Cold War mentality. For me, he'll always be in a class by himself as a lifter and for a lot of us, if we had a lifting hero, it was David Rigert.

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                    • #11
                      I'm on my way over to Albanialooking forward to the lifting.

                      Follow the the competition on Eurosport if you can, and also watch for updates in the IronMind news column and follow IronMind on Twitter.

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                      • #12
                        Albania! I had some bad experiences in Albania!

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                        • #13
                          Randall,
                          Thanks for the coverage of the European Championships. Great photo on the website and what a great position on the snatch! Keep it coming Randall.

                          How is Tirana? One of my partners is from there and I told him about the championships and he said that he knows people who were planning on going to watch. Small world.

                          Bill

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                          • #14
                            Bill -

                            Got here yesterday afternoon and managed to stay upright through the lifting. Internet was a major challenge this morning, but I managed to get a couple of things posted and I have my fingers crossed that the connection will be better tomorrow (it seems to vary so maybe tomorrow will be a good day .

                            On the TV side, David Goldstrom just pulled us out for at least another night as he's wrestling with technical problems that originally had us not commentating last night or tonight and then jumping in tomorrow. Our good friend Colin Bryce (along with Michaela Breeze) will be stepping in tonight, so anyone who has a chance to catch the Eurosport broadcast should tune in and enjoy the lifting. If David gets things sorted out, he and I will be picking up the commentary on Thursday.


                            Joe -

                            I'd perfectly happy if the internet was my worst experience here!

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                            • #15
                              Randall,
                              Thank you for the report. Just a question. It appears that there was a great rush, recently with the Chinese in particular, to do squat jerks. Is that playing itself out with the European Championships so far?

                              Keep it coming! Bill

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                              • #16
                                Bill -

                                I haven't counted them, but squat jerkers might more common among the Asian than the European lifters.

                                That doesn't mean the lifters here can't/don't bend their legs - I was just talking to Kahki Kahkiasvili and he did pretty well for a guy who didn't split.

                                For anyone who gets Eurosport, be sure to tune in for Colin Bryce and Michaela Breeze tonight and for the rest of the contestdue to technical problems here, David Goldstrom and I won't be able to commentate from Tirana: David had been trying to patch together something so that we might still be able to jump in, but it just didn't work.

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                                • #17
                                  Internet , live tv, etc.

                                  Hi Randy!! Sounds like Albania's hi tech infrastructure could use an update! I know it one of the poorest countries is Europe. They have produced some very good lifters for such a small country.

                                  walt

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                                  • #18
                                    Hello Randall,
                                    Thank you for today's report. Wow, it is great to hear about the locals coming to support their lifter Godelli. I sounds like it was truly exciting and even electric as the Albanians wanted to give a boost to their man.

                                    That competition sounds like the old saying in lifting that I have heard..."Win the snatch and don't get beat in the jerk".

                                    Thanks again, Bill

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Walt Lampert View Post
                                      Hi Randy!! Sounds like Albania's hi tech infrastructure could use an update! I know it one of the poorest countries is Europe. They have produced some very good lifters for such a small country.

                                      walt

                                      Walt -

                                      I was hoping you'd be here!

                                      How's this for hi-tech: I have found the spot in my hotel that's most likely to allow me to get email/update news/send photos so I drag a chair over there and keep my fingers crossed.

                                      How are you doing? Are you coming to Poland for the world championships?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Bill Crawford View Post
                                        Hello Randall,
                                        Thank you for today's report. Wow, it is great to hear about the locals coming to support their lifter Godelli. I sounds like it was truly exciting and even electric as the Albanians wanted to give a boost to their man.

                                        That competition sounds like the old saying in lifting that I have heard..."Win the snatch and don't get beat in the jerk".

                                        Thanks again, Bill
                                        Bill -

                                        It was a pretty happy ending for the hometown crowdfor a moment it looked like there might not be any joy in Mudville.

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