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Kazakhstan Athletes Break World Records in Weightlifting

August 9, 2012

By Valerie Brod, Marketing Contractor

Ilyin competing in the men’s 94kg weightlifting final. Photo from Hewitt/Getty Images).

As weightlifting comes to an end at the 2012 Olympic games, all eyes are on the athletes from Kazakhstan.  They won 4 gold medals and set 3 world records.   The hometown favorite and returning champ was Ilya Ilyin.  Ilyin defended his gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and broke two world records in the process.  He lifted 233 kilograms in clean and jerk, setting that world record as well as his the combined total of 418 kg with his 185 kg lift in snatch.

Zulfiya Chinshanlo also broke the world record lifting 131 kg in the clean and jerk, more than twice her weight.  This put her on top to win gold.  Maiya Maneza and Svetlana Podobedova also won gold medals in weightlifting for Kazakhstan.

Olympic weightlifting has 15 medal events – 8 weight categories for men and 7 for women.  Athletes perform two types of lifts in an event – snatch and clean and jerk.  In Snatch, the athlete lifts the bar in one movement from floor to overhead.  In clean and jerk, it is brought up in two movements, first to the shoulder and then overhead.  An athlete’s best lift of 3 in each type combines to make his total score.  Both strength and technique are keys to success in weightlifting.

Want to learn more about Kazakhstan and their love for famed weightlifter, Ilyan?  Host a Kazakh or Eurasian exchange student this year!  You will learn about Kazakh culture, food and lifestyle.  In return, you can share your knowledge and pride of the USA!  Check out the profiles of CCI Eurasian students who are looking for a host family to share their American life.

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