June 23, 2010

Taranenko v. Kurlovich, 1987

Saw this posted by Sean Waxman today and thought it deserved to be re-posted here.   Video from the 1987 USSR Championships: Leonid Taranenko and Aleksandr Kurlovich going head-to-head for the gold.  Attempts listed below.  The video is in Russian, and the B&W with the "Terminator" music adds to the drama.

It is not very often you see a 470 kg total (!) finish with a Silver Medal.

Gunyashev 195,197.5,200
Taranenko 200,207.5-, 207.5
Kurlovich 205,210,216-(wr attempt)

Clean and Jerk
Taranenko 245,265 (wr attempt)-, 265
Kurlovich 250,260 (total wr attempt), 265 (wr attempt)-
Taranenko won the competition with 472.5 kg total, Kurlovich came in second with the 470 kg

June 16, 2010

Junior Worlds - Chinese Weightlifting

Glenn Pendlay is currently coaching Team USA at the Jr. World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.  He has been posting regular updates on his forum with insights into how the rest of the world is training in the days leading up to the competition.  I found his observation of the Chinese national team to be particularly interesting.  A brief summary is below; the entire thread can be found here:
Junior Worlds 2010 in Bulgaria

Have some thoughts about how the Chinese are training, and most of it applies to the Polish team also. First of all, they do a ton of work, and do it daily even right before they compete. Saw Chinese girls who will compete Wednesday train a marathon session Sunday, then again today (Monday) and I bet they will be training again tomorrow, the day before they lift.
They train at a fast pace, but do a ton of warmups sets, often taking say 50kg for 3 or 4 sets of 3-4 reps before moving to 70... doing several sets of several reps with each warmup weight right up to 90% or so of their top weight for the day. This is very different from what most Americans do.
They also seem to have a habit of doing a lift, snatch for instance, up to a heavy weight, then doing a while bunch of related strength work, then doing the lift again, and again going up heavy.
I am keeping a small journal that I carry with me, and writing down a lot of the workluts of the better countries. Let me relate set for set straight from my notes made yesterday, the workout of the 85kg Chinese male lifter.
When we came in, he was finishing his snatches, doing 140kg then 150kg. I assume he had done a long and extensive warmup and workout to get to that point, since that is what they always seem to do. at this point, he took the bar back down to 50kg, and began doing sets of 3 on snatch high pulls in the following manner, he high pulled (to about nipple height) the first one straight from the floor, then on the second and third reps he lowered the bar to right below the knee, held that static position for 2-3 seconds, and again pulled the bar almost to his throat. He did many, many sets of this, working up to 150kg, then doing 5 sets at 150kg. He then put 170kg on the bar and switched to doubles, but only with a shrug at the top, no high pull. Again he did the second rep from just below the knee, with a 2-3 second static pause. He worked up on this exercise, doing doubles all the way up to 220kg, where he did 2-3 sets. He then went down to 40kg on hte bar, and did several sets of 5 of high pulls from the high hang, right up to his throat. Then he started powersnatching, doing several sets of 4-5 reps at 40kg, 50kg, 60kg, and 70kg. Then he dropped the bar weight back to 50kg and started snatching for doubles, working back up. We left when he was at 110kg, but based on what I have seen from other Chinese lifters, he probably went right back up to the weight that he did before the pulls, around 150kg.
During the time I watched him, he did about 40 sets, and I watched him for about 60, maybe 70 minutes. That is how fast he trained, even with those weights!! Based on what he did before I got there and what he probably finished with, I think he probably cleared 60 total sets in this snatch workout!!!!

June 13, 2010

Triple Extension?

Without adding to either side of the ongoing “debate” (to put it nicely) on Triple Extension and its role in coaching the Olympic lifts, here is something to think about…both all-time great lifters, attempting World Record lifts, with very different extension of the hips and knees.

1986 European Championships: Shalamanov / Süleymanoğlu (145.5 kg) and Krastev (207.5 kg). 
Figure from Bartonietz, K. Biomechanics of the Snatch: Toward a Higher Training Efficiency; Strength and Conditioning, 1996. Data from Weide, U. Mathematical modeling and movement simulation in weightlifting – Toward the further improvement of the aim technique for the Olympic snatch. Leipzig: Res. Institute Phys. Cult. & Sport (Dissertation), 1989.