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IWF BorsodChem Hungarian Grand Prix 10.05.2003

A fascinating field of athletes competed on 10th May, 2003 at the 4th IWF BorsodChem Hungarian Grand Prix, held traditionally in Kazincbarcika, Hungary. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the organisers, athletes from 18 countries and 3 continents participated, including two Olympic Champions, Hossein Reza Zadeh and Hossein Tavakoli from Iran; as well as several World and Continental champions. The competitors were prized according to the Sinclaire Points chart, with the total amount of prize monies amounting to nearly 30,000 EUR. In the women’s contests Egyptian Nahla Mohamed set up new Junior World Records in order to win the competition. Eszter Krutzler from Hungary achieved the second place, with an unsuccessful World Record attempt in the Snatch; third was Vanda Maslovska from Ukraine. In the men’s competition, not surprisingly, Hossein Reza Zadeh won, achieving a 450 kg Competition Record in the Total equalling the mark set by Ronny Weller in the previous year. The second became Bulgarian Zlatan Vanev and the third place went to Bakhytbek Akhmetov from Kazakhstan. Thanks to the unusually warm weather, the 4th IWF BorsodChem Hungarian Grand Prix was closed with a pleasant garden party.


National Weightlifting Coach for Wales 08.05.2003

Applications are invited for the post of NATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING COACH FOR WALES. The successful applicant will be responsible for improving the performance of weightlifters in Wales. The position will require a shared commitment in time between North and South Wales. It is envisaged that the applicant will have a thorough knowledge of modern training methods coupled with international experience. It is hoped that the person appointed will commence work in September 2003. The salary, which is grant aided by the Sports Council for Walres will be £22,533 + pension contribution if applicable.
A letter giving details of qualification and experience together with a CV should be sent to: Myrddin John, Pennant, Blaenau, Ammanford, Carms, SA18 3BZ, Wales, UK E-mail: myrjohn@aol.com before 1 June 2003.


Macao Reaffiliated 08.05.2003

In agreement with the Chinese Weightlifting Association, the Macao Weightlifting Federation is now returning to the IWF family.
With Macao's reaffiliation, the IWF membership consists of 168 nations.


“European Tour” of Mr. Jon Curleigh, CEO of 2003 WWC 29.04.2003

Just one month after the IWF had visited Vancouver; Jon Curleigh, CEO of 2003 World Weightlifting Championships, paid a short visit to the IWF Headquarters in Budapest. Detailed discussions were held with Dr. Tamás Aján and with the IWF Secretariat members. Mr. Curleigh left together with the IWF delegates for Loutraki, Greece, where he studied the organisation of the European Championships.

Jon Curleigh, Dr. Tamás Aján
Jon Curleigh, Dr. Tamás Aján


Continental Federations’ Meeting 29.04.2003

The Presidents and the General Secretaries of the Continental Federations were invited by the IWF to attend a Meeting with the President and General Secretary of the IWF in Loutraki, on the occasion of the European Championships. Gamil Hanna President, Samir Hanna General Secretary of the Weightlifting Federation of Africa (WFA), Monico Puentevella President, Ali Moradi General Secretary of the Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF), Waldemar Baszanowski President, Marino Casadei Ercolani General Secretary of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF), Murray Levin President, Fredy Peccerelly General Secretary of the Pan American Weightlifting Confederation (PAWC) were present, Paul Wallwork President and Paul Coffa General Secretary of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) were unable to attend.
Beside the co-ordination of several actual questions, discussions were focused on the various issues of qualification for the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games. The participants were also provided an opportunity to visit the Nikaia Hall, which will be the venue for the weightlifting competitions of the Olympic Games.


European Championships perfectly organised 29.04.2003

The European Championships in Loutraki were organised – not surprisingly – on a very high level. The Organising Committee, with its President, Yannis Sgouros supplied what was yet another example of perfection, professionalism and traditional Greek hospitality. The technology and information facilities, provided by Galanis Sports Data was completed with the improved IWF Technology and Information System, this co-operation resulting in the best ever in technology and information service in the history of the sport.
European Championships results


Loutraki Mascot


2004 Junior Worlds reallocated 27.04.2003

Following the retirement of Qatar, the 2004 Junior World Championships for Men and Women will be held in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, in the month of June.


IWF visited Hermosillo, Mexico 14.04.2003

On the occasion of the Junior Pan American Championships Attila Adamfi, Assistant to the IWF President paid a visit to Hermosillo, Mexico in order to check the preparations of the Junior World Championships.
The Organising Committee is co-operating closely with the Local Sport Authority and the University of Hermosillo for the successful organisation.
The city and the OC is experienced in hosting international sports events, the Modern Pentathlon World Cup was perfectly organised recently.
Detailed discussions were held about technical and guest related questions.
The results of the Junior Pan American Championships are available in the RESULTS.


Vancouver 2003 visited 31.03.2003

Dr. Tamás Aján, IWF President and his Assistant Attila Ádámfi paid a short visit to Vancouver, BC, Canada, on 18-21 March, to discuss and check the preparations of the 2003 Weightlifting World Championships, which will take place there, this November.

The competitions will take place in the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center (VCEC) through 9 days, from 14 to 22 November 2003.

At what is going to be the Main Qualification Event for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the hosts expect a record turnout of over 600 participating athletes and major media and broadcasting interest from all over the world.

The Organizing Committee called “2003 WWC” started to work at full speed under the guidance of Chairman Kyle Washington and CEO Jon Curleigh.

The Technical Regulation, the Timetable and other details are now being finalized and soon you will find this information under our “Upcoming Events” section on this homepage.

Press Conference in Vancouver

Press Conference in Vancouver: (from left) Mike Talic, Executive Vice-Chair 2003 WWC, Charmaine Crooks, IOC Member and Executive Vice-Chair 2003 WWC, Dr. Tamás Aján, IWF President, Jon Curleigh, Chief Executive Officer 2003 WWC


2004 Junior Worlds withdrawn by Qatar 20.03.2003

As despite repeated urgings and prolonged deadlines the Qatar Weightlifting Federation, originally appointed to host the 2004 Junior World Championships for Men and Women in Doha, Qatar, failed to confirm the organisation by signing the Agreement with the IWF to date, it is now regarded as having been withdrawn.

The IWF is now looking for another organiser and we shall soon publish the new venue of the 2004 Junior World Championships.

Bids to host World Championships 20.03.2003

The following World Championships are still open to be organised:

2004 University W. Champs.    
2005   Junior World Champs.  
2006 University W. Champs. Junior World Champs.  
2007 University W. Champs. Junior World Champs. Senior World Champs.

Official applications to host one of the above Championships may be filed by National Federations and must include:

1. Official letter of application

2. Support guarantees by the National Olympic Committee or the National Sports Office (government)

3. Questionnaire for Candidates to host World Championships (see IWF website http://www.iwf.net/iwf/wcquest.doc)

4. Non refundable deposit of US$ 20,000 for Senior World Championships, US$ 10,000 for Junior World Championships, and US$ 5,000 for University World Championships.

The candidatures must be received by the IWF Secretariat before 31 May 2003.

The allocation of the Championships will be made by the IWF Executive Board at its meeting in November 2003, in Vancouver.

2002 IWF Annual Books for sale 20.03.2003

Some copies of the 2002 IWF Annual Book, a work by IWF Honorary Life President Gottfried Schödl, including all important and interesting statistical data, results, medal and participation lists, summaries, etc. for the year 2002 are now available for sale at the IWF Secretariat.

Price: US$ 8.00

To order, write to: iwf@iwf.net

AWF Electoral Congress was great success in Manila 25.02.2003

Under the auspices of the IWF, the Electoral Congress of the Asian Weightlifting Federation (founded in 1958) was successfully held in Manila, Philippines, on the 22nd February 2003.

The Congress delegates unanimously approved the AWF Constitution and Rules and elected the leadership of the Federation for the next term:


General Secretary

1st Vice President
Vice Presidents
CHANG Chao-Kuo (TPE)
MA Wenguang (CHN)
ONG Poh Eng (MAS)
Executive Board Members
KIM Sang-Hwan (KOR)
MIYAKE Yoshiyuki (JPN)
GANSUKH Baasanhuu (MGL)

Deputy General Secretary

AWF Honorary President
SAKURAI Katsutoshi (JPN)

Technical Committee
NI Alexei (KAZ)
SICAT Rodones (PHI)

Medical Committee
Dr. CHOU Shih-Wei (TPE)
Dr. LIU Changjiang (CHN)
Dr. SHAHABI Asghar (IRI)
Dr. SONNY L. Tobing (INA)

Scientific and Research Committee
AL SEMARI S. Abdulaziz (KSA)
LIM Tin Choi (MAS)
WIJAYA Alamsyah (INA)

Each of the delegates of the Asian National Weightlifting Federations present signed an Acknowledgement attesting to their honour that:

1.    The body called the Asian Weightlifting Federation formed pursuant to the Constitution adopted by this Congress held in Manila on 22nd February 2003 is the only body recognised by my National Federation and by the International Weightlifting Federation as the Continental Federation of Asia for the sport of weightlifting.

2.    The Asian Weightlifting Federation set up and constituted by the Congress held at Manila, Philippines on the 22nd February 2003 is the direct successor to, and descended from the Asian Weightlifting Federation founded in 1958 during the 3rd Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The International Weightlifting Federation also confirms that it recognises only and exclusively the Asian Weightlifting Federation constituted and with officials elected on 22nd February 2003 in Manila as the Continental Federation for Asia.

The Asian wieghtlifting Federation President Congressman Monico Puentevella (Philippines) flanked by the IWF President Dr. Tamas Ajan  and General Secretary Yannis Sgouros

The Asian Championships to be held under the AWF's control were also set as follows:

    2003 Senior Asian Championships:    21-28 June     Dubai, UAE
    2003 Junior & Youth Asian Champs.:    4-12 August     Bali, INA
    2004 Senior Asian Championships:    April-May     Almaty, KAZ
    2004 Junior & Youth Asian Champs.:                      CHN

These events are now added to the IWF Calendar and are the only Continental Championships for Asia recognised by the IWF and the AWF as such.

Vote for Best Lifters of the Year 2002! 31.01.2003

A tradition since 1980, the Best Male and Best Female Lifters of the Year will be elected for 2002.

The voting is closed. Results can be read in the next issue of World Weightlifting magazine

IWF Calendar 2003 31.01.2003

Please refer to the 2003 IWF Calendar of International Events published on the website and permanently updated. If you make or learn about any change of dates or place of any of the international competitions in this Calendar or wish to add an event, please do not hesitate to immediately inform the IWF!

Modification of the IWF Constitution, By-Laws and Technical Rules 31.01.2003

The Constitution, By-Laws and Technical Rules will be updated for the 2005 edition – as usual – in a step-by-step process culminating in the 2004 IWF Electoral Congress.
In the first phase, proposals are collected from the National Federations and elected IWF officials.

You may submit your proposals to modify the Constitution / By-Laws / Technical Rules until 31st March 2003, by letter, fax or e-mail sent to the IWF Secretariat.

AWF Electoral Congress 31.01.2003

As indicated before, the IWF – in collaboration with, and with the kind help of the Philippine Weightlifting Association – will organise the AWF Constitutive and Electoral Congress on 22nd February, 2003, in the Manila Heritage Hotel, Manila, Philippines.

Contact the IWF for participation.
E-mail to: aniko.nemeth.mora@iwf.net 

Download Word document AWF Constitution Draft

Warsaw hosted significant World Championships 02.12.02

The 72nd Men's and 15th Women's World Championships marked exactly half time between the Olympic Games of Sydney and Athens. Accordingly, the event held in the Polish capital has to be considered as a significant checkpoint in the Olympic team-search.
The number of first-time World Championships participants - 69 in the 170-member men's field and 49 in the 115-member women's field - speaks for itself.
Former Olympic champions did not excel in Warsaw. The only champion who was able to live up to his fame and reputation was Hossein Rezazadeh of Iran, who finally broke the superheavyweight clean and jerk world record with a fabulous 263kg lift.
The other Iranian Olympic champion, Hossein Tavakoli finished in 5th place, Bulgarian Galabin Boevski and Russian Andrei Chemerkin (the latter Olympic champion in Atlanta, not in Sydney) both dropped out. Among the ladies, Tara Nott (USA) became 7th and Soraya Jimenez (MEX) finished in 9th place.

Nine new world champions were crowned in the men's field and 6 in the women's.
Pawina Thongsuk of Thailand earned the title of 100th Woman World Champion of the history of weightlifting and took the IWF's commemorative trophy.
As customary in recent years: new countries who had won no medals for dozens of years have now signed up on the medal chart. These are: Tunisia, Albania, Egypt.
The most successful nation in terms of team points was China for both genders. The second best nation in the men's is Bulgaria, the third is Turkey. In the Women's World Championships China is followed by Russia and Bulgaria.

Only one new men's world record was born: that of Hossein Rezazadeh in +105kg: 263kg. The women were more productive: they set up 9 senior and 6 junior world records, of which 6 senior and 6 junior records were established by the new Chinese wonder-girl, 17-year old Wang Mingjuan.

Hossein Rezazadeh

IWF Annual Congress 19.11.02

Annual CongressThe IWF Annual Congress held in Warsaw on 18th November 2002 welcomed delegates from 65 countries, as well as representatives of future Olympic and World Championships organisers, sponsors, and prominent guests.

Reports were heard from the hosts of the major events of the coming years:

*    2003 International Weightlifting University Championships
     (formerly called University World Championships) in Pavia, Italy

*   2003 Junior World Championships in Hermosillo, Mexico

*   2003 World Championships and Olympic Qualification Event in Vancouver, Canada

*   2004 Olympic Games, Athens


Important decisions at the IWF meetings


Prior to the World Championships, the IWF Committees and Executive Board held their annual meetings. Among the important resolutions of the Federation’s management was a position on one of the Continental Federations. The Asian Weightlifting Federation had performed a series of actions in stark contrast with the Constitution of the IWF, including adoption of a Constitution that fails to be in harmony with the articles and rules of the International Federation and holding congresses and elections not approved by the IWF. It was therefore firmly resolved that the Asian Weightlifting Federation, as is known and constituted today, be immediately disaffiliated with the IWF, its Congress, Constitution and elected officials unrecognised by the Federation.
Furthermore, the IWF shall organise a Constitutional and Electoral Congress in January 2003, at which a fully democratic and IWF-compliant Constitution be approved and democratic elections be held.

Two Polish lifters, Dominika Misterska and Aleksandra Klejnowska failed a drug test carried out in training by the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) on 11th April 2002. Both athletes filed an appeal with the IWF. An Appeal Commission, involving medical and legal experts, made a hearing of the athletes and the Polish Federation, giving a very close study to the appeal.
The IWF Executive Board in its meeting on 17th November 2002 considered the recommendation of the Appeal Commission and decided that the two Polish lifters had committed an offence against the IWF Antidoping Bylaws and are now suspended for a period of two years.

Two new members in Weightlifting Hall of Fame 19.11.02

Within the framework of the IWF Annual Congress in Warsaw, two distinguished individuals received membership in the Weightlifting Hall of Fame.
Zygmunt Smalcerz, Polish Olympic, multiple World and European Champion, as well as Tadamasa Uesaka, owner and President of the Japanese Uesaka Barbell Company.

Tamás Aján and Janusz Przedpelski decorated 19.11.02

President of the Republic of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski awarded Poland’s highest decoration, „The Order of Merit of Commander’s Cross” to the IWF President and IOC Member Dr. Tamás Aján of Hungary, as well as to the President of the Polish Weightlifting Federation Janusz Predpelski.
The awarding ceremony took place at the highly elegant Presidential Palace of Warsaw, on the eve of the Weightlifting World Championships.

AIPS Weightlifting Commission reelected 19.11.02

Warsaw was the birthplace of the Weightlifting Commission of the AIPS in 1969 – as third such specialists journalists commission following those of athletics and basketball. Now, after 33 years, the Commission returned to Warsaw to elect its members for the next four-year term.

The Chairman of the Commission remains Frenchman Alain Lunzenfichter, besides 1st Vice President of the AIPS. As General Secretary, Jeno Boskovics of Hungary, who was a founder of the Commission 33 ago and has served it ever since, was reelected.
Vice President: Tasos Papachristou of Greece.

Members: Tayfun Bayindir, Turkey, Khosro Kafily, Iran, Randall J. Strossen, USA, Harald Strier, Germany, Jacek Korczak-Mleczko, Poland.
Deputy General Secretary: Gabor Lantos, Hungary
Two long-serving and retiring members, Zoltan Novotny of Hungary and Hilmar Burger of Germany received Honorary Membership on the Commission.

IWF Press Conference 05.11.02

One week before the start of the 72nd Men's and 15th Women's World Championships in Warsaw, the International Weightlifting Federation, headquartered in Budapest, held an international Press Conference at the Hyatt Atrium Regency Hotel.

international Press Conference at the Hyatt Atrium Regency Hotel

IWF President Dr. Tamás Aján gave an account on the preparations for the World Championships and answered questions raised by the media.
According to the entries received so far, 58 countries are expected to participate in Warsaw with 371 competitors; of which 234 male weightlifters from 53 countries and 137 female participants representing 36 countries.

The Start List will be finalized at the Congress in Warsaw on 18th November.
The Entry Lists include 8 Olympic champions: Galabin Boevski (BUL), Andrei Chemerkin (RUS), Akakios Kakhiasvilis (GRE), Alexei Petrov (RUS), Hossein Rezazadeh (IRI, Hossein Tavakoli (IRI), as well as Soraya Jimenez (MEX) and Tara Nott (USA).
At the Weightlifting World Championships held since 1881 so far 358 male and 95 female world champions have been awarded. In Warsaw the 100th female world champion is likely to be celebrated. She will receive a special trophy from the IWF.
The IWF President praised Polish weightlifting, which is a superpower in the sport, as well as Poland's organisational zeal. The forthcoming event will raise the number of World Championships held in Warsaw to nine.

The world's weightlifting elite has produced outstanding results in 2002: a proof is the total of 17 men's and 38 women's world records established since 1st January of the year. The Entry List for Warsaw - halfway between Sydney and Athens - reveals that young forces are increasingly entered and the nations have progressed establishing their Olympic squads.
In Warsaw we shall witness the introduction of the IWF's new Competition Technology System - you can read more in the Preview section.
The 2002 World Championships - with its Chief Patron being Mr. Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of the Republic of Poland - promises to be another great success and a milestone in the sport's history.

2002 Asian Games - Busan, Korea 28.10.02

It was indeed worth waiting for the Asian gala of the sport prior to going to print with the present issue of World Weightlifting. As expected, the Busan edition of the quadrennial Asian Games significantly rewrote both the World Ranking Lists and the IWF's official register of World Records.

The bustling and important port city of nearly five million inhabitants on South Korea's South-eastern coast staged the continent's "Olympics" on a high standard and with the traditional Korean hospitality.

The weightlifting fields - though not too vast - represented world-class standard for both genders. Eighty-four male competitors came to Busan, of which 32 had been medal-winners in Olympic Games or world championships, and twenty of them had been champions. The same figures among the women: out of 62 participants 33 (!) medal-winners, among them 17 gold-medal owners; that means 17 Olympic or world champions! No-one was surprised to see yet another manifestation of Chinese hegemony in the Games' weightlifting events - especially as regards the ladies. The Chinese men collected 3 gold medals and one silver, whereas their female compatriots collected six gold medals and let only one be won by another nation: that was Ri Song Hui of DPR Korea.

A shower of new world records was awaited to fall - and such expectations were duly fulfilled. In the men's competition the produce was more "modest" with two world records. But the women - counting only the senior world records - set up altogether 14 new world records - and, of course, countless Asian and Games records.
Even among the generally excellent Chinese competitors one deserves special mention: Sun Ruiping surpassed the records previously registered in the 75 kg by 2.5 kg in snatch, 9.5 kg in jerk and 12.5 kg in total.

The slogan of the 14th Asian Games held in Busan "Beyond the races, nations, cultures and religions…" was more than fulfilled, and sports - as so many times in world history -once again broke new ground for peace and understanding, the approach of two countries who regard themselves as ONE nation. For the first time, North Korea (DPR Korea) stepped on South Korean soil with a large team and (as an even more emphatic repetition of the Sydney scene) the delegations of the two Koreas marched in as one, hand-in-hand, in the same uniform and under the Korean Peninsula's flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Games. Local crowds at the events cheered North Korean athletes as if they were their own, and no emotional moments were spared when the big loser of the Sydney Olympic Games, Ri Song Hui was lifting on the Busan Bukyong National University Gymnasium's stage - amidst the roaring support of a capacity audience.

IWF Homepage Gets Facelift 25.10.02

An analysis, evaluation and a summary of the experience and the comments about www.iwf.net in the last one year and a half since its new format was introduced has led to a decision to give another "facelift" to the IWF homepage. This will be done after the World Championships in Warsaw. The changes to be undertaken will serve our readers' and surfers' interests and considerably simplify the access to the information and data on our menu.

World Weightlifting 2002/3 just published!


The IWF magazine's new issue is focused on the 2002 Warsaw World Championships and publishes lots of interesting and useful data, previews and information to help our readers' orientation for the year's major weightlifting highlight.

The magazine also reports in full about the University World Championships, Continental Games and Championships, Grand Prix events and lists the World's best men and women (top 20 lists) in each category, as well as the world records valid prior to the World Championships.
The Exclusive Interview reveals US star Cheryl Haworth's dreams and plans for her future career.

This issue is exceptionally rich in illustrations: it includes 109 photos of which 57 in colour and 52 printed in black and white.



This year's Junior and University Weightlifting World Championships for men and women are already over, however the events of the season arousing worldwide interest are now to follow.

The Asian Games are organised between 30 September and 10 October in Pusan, Korea, following by the 72nd Senior Men's and 15th Senior Women's World Weightlifting Championships to be held in Warsaw from 19 to 26 November.

35 world records were established in 2002 for the time being in the following breakdown:

  Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Altogether
Men's Senior 4 0 1 5
Men's Junior 7 0 2 9
Women's Senior 3 7 2 12
Women's Junior 3 4 2 9
Altogether 17 11 7 35

The International Weightlifting Federation defined 8 men and 7 women bodyweight categories from the 1st January 1998, at the same time created 90 World Standard records.

From 1st January 1998 to 27th September 2002 no world standard remained the same at the women, but 6 by the Senior Men and 1 by the Junior Men could not be broken, these are:

Men's senior

62 kg:            total 325
85 kg:            total 395
94 kg:            total 417.5
105 kg:          total 440 and clean and jerk 242.5
+ 105 kg:       clean and jerk: 262.5

Men's junior

77 kg:            clean and jerk 195.

In the "new chronology" from 1998 the women were particularly hard working in beating records.
Naturally there were the Chinese heading the list. Chen Yanqing may be very proud of her 30 (15 Senior - 15 junior) and Ding Melyuan of her 29 (17 - 12) records. They are followed by the Polish Wrobel Agata, owing 26 records (13 - 13).

Regarding the men the Polish Kolecki Szymon was the hardest working in improving records; he was followed by the Turkish Mutlu Halil with 11 records (11-0), tying the Chinese Shi Zhiyong: 11 records (4 - 7).


The third and final event in the 2002 IWF Grand Prix series was held in the small town situated on the northeast part of Hungary, in Kazincbarcika.

The audience, filling the Sports Hall, could see excellent competitions thanks to the perfect conditions, the experienced organizers and of course the 29 top athletes from 12 countries. The two participating Olympic Champions, Soraya Jimenez, MEX, and Ronny Weller, GER, further raised the prestige of the IWF BorsodChem Hungarian Grand Prix. However the sensation was the Chinese competitor, Song Zhiujan, who in the 58 kg category both establish a new World Record with 106 kg in the snatch, won the gold medal in the total, and earned the Best Female Lifter trophy.

The new World Record holder, Song Zhiujan CHN

In the men's competition the Bulgarian Alan Tchagaev, competing in the 105 kg category attempted twice to break the 242.5 kg World Standard by trying the 243 kg, but even though he could stand up, he could not complete the jerk.
The German Olympic Champion, Ronny Weller, weighing almost 150 kg, also mesmerized the audience, winning the +105 kg category with 450 kg in the total, which is a spectacular result just 6 weeks before the World Championships. Weller earned the Best Male Lifter trophy as well.

Alan Tchagaev,  BUL

Ronny Weller, GER

As in the previous Grand Prix competitions in Doha, Qatar and in Salekhard, Russia, prize money was offered for the total, 1500 Euro for the first, 1000 Euro for the second and 500 Euro for the third place in each bodyweight category.

IWF Hungarian Grand Prix Results:  Women    Men


Salekhard, a city situated just on the Arctic Circle provided perfect conditions to the organization of the 2nd IWF Grand Prix in 2002. Credit for this should to the Russian Weightlifting Federation, under the leadership of Yuri Zacharevich, President, the City of Salekhard and the Regional Committee of Physical Education and Sport.

Cheryl Haworth, USA

As usual in Grand Prix competitions, the competitors were carefully selected in a limited number, however the field was very strong in both sexes. Top athletes from 4 continents in 7 bodyweight categories were invited. For example in the women's +75 kg the Olympic silver medallist, Agata Wrobel, POL, bronze medallist Cheryl Haworth, USA revealed a pre-World Championships form. Likewise, in the men's giants category as many as three Olympic Champions were standing in the line-up! Ronny Weller, GER, Andrei Chemerkin, RUS and Hossein Rezazadeh, IRI met in an exciting contest!

Hossein Rezazadeh, IRI

Given the fact that athletes represented various bodyweight categories, the classification followed the Sinclair Totals system. As expected, the world-class stars rewarded the hosts and the spectators with very exciting competitions. In the end, the competitions failed to register any world records, although Valentina Popova, RUS, and Hossein Rezazadeh, IRI both launched strong assaults against the best marks in their respective categories.
The Organizers covered the travel and full board costs for every participant, and provided Prize Money in a total sum of 40.000 USD.

IWF Russian Grand Prix Results:  Women    Men


Two Greeks Matching Suleymanoglu

Weightlifting celebrated contests of an extremely high athletic standard and unparalleled excitement at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In the 8 male categories 151 lifters took part from 61 countries, while 85 women representing 47 nations participated in the 7 bodyweight categories.

The guessing-game before the Games included the question whether SULEYMANOGLU, DIMAS and KAKHIASVILIS would realize their dreams.

Turkish Naim SULEYMANOGLU, weightlifting’s first triple Olympic Champion, failed to achieve his ambitious aim of winning a fourth title to add to his gold medals from Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta.

On the other hand, both Greek heros, Pyrros DIMAS and Akakios KAKHIASVILIS were successful in Sydney and collected their third consecutive Olympic gold medals. The sport of weightlifting can now boast as many as three triple Olympic gold medal winners.

In terms of Olympic medals, another record was matched in the 2000 Games. Before Sydney, the only weightlifter to have collected medals from four Olympic Games was American Norbert SCHEMANSKY (gold in 1952, silver in 1948, bronze in 1960 and 1964). Ronny WELLER of Germany equalled this record in Sydney, capturing his fourth Olympic medal: gold in 1992, silver in 1996 and 2000 and bronze in 1988!

Four Lifters Defended Olympic Champion Titles

On the Sydney stage, four weightlifters were able to defend their previously won Olympic titles:


ZHAN, Xugang CHN



Further medal winners from Atlanta who managed to repeat success were: Nicolai PESHALOV CRO, Leonidas SABANIS GRE, Marc HUSTER GER, Alexei PETROV RUS, Ronny WELLER GER and Andrei CHEMERKIN RUS.

Two of them, both Russians, PETROV and CHEMERKIN were Olympic Champions in 1996.

Women’s weightlifting featuring for the first time in the Olympic Games, each of the 21 medal winners in the seven bodyweight categories scored their first-ever Olympic medals in Sydney.

Olympic Highlights

Weightlifters from nine different nations shared the gold medals of Sydney: CHN: 5, GRE: 2, IRI: 2, BUL, COL, CRO, MEX, TUR and USA: 1 each.

Altogether 23 countries boasted medal-winning competitors. China, Greece, Poland and Russia won medals for both genders.

Some of the more spectacular medal finishers:

URRUTIA, Maria Isabel (COL), Olympic Champion of the women’s 75 kg:
Colombian athletes (in any sport) had won altogether 2 silver and 4 bronze Olympic medals up until the Sydney 2000 Games. With Urrutia, the South-American nation won their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the history of the Olympic Games!

NOTT, Tara (USA), Olympic Champion of the women’s 48 kg:
The United States used to dominate in weightlifting for decades in the past (collecting 15 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze medals), but the last Olympic gold they won was the one by Charles VINCI, in the men’s lightest category – in 1960.

JIMENEZ, Soraya Mendivil (MEX), a gigantic surprise Olympic Champion in the 58 kg:
Mexico had never won an Olympic medal in weightlifting. Jimenez started the collection right away with a gold. Mexican athletes had scored their first Olympic medals in 1932, amounting to 9 gold medals including Atlanta. The last Mexican Olympic Champion before Jimenez scored his success in 1984.

New Nations

At the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, further nations were able to register Olympians in weightlifting. Qatar, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Tonga, Turkmenistan and Palau launched their weightlifters for the first time in the Games.

11 nations won their first Olympic medals:

Gold Silver Bronze All  
ARM - - 1 1
BLR - - 2 2
COL 1 - - 1
CRO 1 - - 1
GEO - - 1 1
INA - 1 2 3
IND - - 1 1
MEX 1 - - 1
NGR - 1 - 1
QAT - - 1 1
THA - - 1 1

Winner of the women’s 75 kg category, Colombian Maria Isabel URRUTIA obtained the first Olympic gold medal for her country.

Men’s 62 kg Olympic Champion Nicolai PESHALOV (formerly Olympic silver and bronze medal winner for Bulgaria) made an extraordinary input: with him Croatia was for the first time represented in weightlifting, and hit gold immediately.

Records Abound In Sydney

An extraordinarily high competitive standard characterized the Olympic weightlifting events in Sydney, in all the men’s and women’s categories. A proof of this is the unparalleled wealth of various records established in the competitions.

Altogether 70 records were established by thirteen male and 6 female weightlifters, as follows:

Snatch Jerk Total All  
Men’s senior world records: 4 2 3 9
Men’s junior world records: 1 4 2 7
Men’s Olympic records: 8 3 6 17
Women’s senior world records: 6 4 7 17
Women’s junior world records: 1 1 1 3
Women’s Olympic records: 5 4 8 17
In all: 25 18 27 70

In terms of the number of records both superheavy Olympic Champions have eclipsed their colleagues: Chinese DING Meiyuan and Iranian Hossein REZAZADEH.

Women’s +75 kg Olympic Champion DING Meiyuan (1979) set up 5 senior world and 5 Olympic records. First she improved the total to 292.5, then to 297.5 kg, before finally marking an unprecedented 300 kg.

Hossein REZAZADEH (1978) became the owner of 3 senior world and 5 Olympic records. On his way towards the Olympic title, he took extraordinary big leaps. First he improved his own pre-Olympic world record snatch to 206 kg to 212.5 kg, then outlifted German Ronny WELLER’s total world record by 10 kg: stopping at 472.5 kg.

Junior World Championships 2000

The International Weightlifting Federation held the 26th Men’s and 6th Women’s Junior World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, 2-9 July 2000. 96 female competitors from 32 countries and 159 male athletes from 40 countries entered the competitions.
The best women’s teams were: Chinese Taipei, Spain and Colombia. Undoubtedly the queen of women’s weightlifting, China got only 13th place for the single reason that it entered only three competitors, not seven like her rivals.
The best male team came from Russia, before Turkey and China. Thanks to LIU, Dongping (CHN) and WROBEL, Agata (POL), the women set up three senior and three junior world records. Especially remarkable was the performance of WROBEL (19 years old). Her 130-kg new world record in snatch and 290-kg new world record in total are the absolute best results of all times in the history of women’s weightlifting. The men set up 8 junior world records. Superheavyweight Ukrainian UDACHIN, Artem collected all three gold medals in his category and broke the clean and jerk world record with 240kg, and the total with 430kg.

19-year old Polish woman WROBEL, Agata, weighing 120.67kg, produced sensational world records and achieved the best results of all times for any woman. No female weightlifter had ever snatched 130kg and reached a total result of 290kg (including a 160kg clean and jerk). There are all indications that at what is going to be the female weightlifters’ first ever Olympic showing in Sydney, the fight of WROBEL against the so-far-undefeated Chinese in the plus 75kg category will be one of the highlights of the Games.
Another big sensation was the victory of a USA lifter, CHAPLIN, Oscar (1980) in the men’s 77kg, winning the clean and jerk and the total Junior World Champion titles (187.5kg, 342.5kg).
In the history of Junior World Championships for Men since 1975, it was for the first time that an American took the World Champion titles. From the previous 25 Junior World Championships, the USA collected altogether 4 bronze medals, while in Prague CHAPLIN took two gold medals and one silver medal at once.

Since the first World Championships in weightlifting in 1891, attention has always been focused on the superheavyweight category. The winner of this battle is invariably considered to be the World’s Strongest Man. At the Junior World Championships for Men and Women (under 20 years), UDACHIN, Artem of Ukraine among the men and WROBEL, Agata of Poland for the women both proved that they must be taken into account also in the field of the seniors.
Wrobel’s 130-kg snatch and 290-kg total senior and junior world records are unprecedented and never achieved by any other woman before. Ninefold junior world champion Udachin jerked 240kg and improved the total world record to 430kg indicating that, as an Olympic rookie in Sydney he would most likely finish in the top six, but in 2004 he might become the number one contender to the gold medal.

IWF Executive Board Decided 2001 Venue

The Executive Board of the IWF gave the organisation of the 2001 Weightlifting World Championships for University and College Students – the 4th of this kind - to Ruzomberok, Slovakia.

World Championships for University and College Students

Weightlifting just completed the 3rd edition of its World Championships for University and College Students, 9-11 June 2000, in Montreal, Canada.
A total of 94 participants representing 20 countries attended the competitions where Chinese women excelled setting up four world records.
Wang Yanmei of China marked a new clean and jerk record of 161 kg in the +75 kg category, which is the biggest weight any woman has ever lifted in competition.

Weightlifting Completed Olympic Test Event in Sydney

On 25-26 March, 2000, weightlifting carried out the Telstra International competition in Sydney, which served as a Test Event for the Olympic Games. The Olympic venue, the Darling Harbour Convention Centre was used for the Tournament which proved to be an excellent opportunity to train and test both facilities and staff for the Games. It was the first ever sports event held in the Convention Centre and turned out to be a great success with international participation from 15 countries.

IWF Executive Board Selects Olympic Officials

The IWF Executive Board held its annual meeting in Los Angeles, USA, on 8-9 April, 2000. On the Agenda were, among others, items like the selection of the jury members, referees and other technical officials for the Sydney Olympic Games; or the discussion of the proposals to amend the IWF Constitution and Technical Rules for the next Olympiad.
The Executive Board also approved a report on the doping controls carried out by the Federation in 1999 (1223 tests both in and out of competition, with the number of positives being less than 2%) and the plan for the doping controls to be made in 2000. The Executive Board paid a visit to the Amateur Athletic Foundation where they were received by Ms. Anita Defrantz, IOC Vice President and Chairwoman of the AAF.


Re: Entry Totals to be accepted for the Sydney Olympic Games

Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

In connection with the Entry Regulations to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Weightlifting competitions, we wish to ask you to observe the following:

The Best (Entry) Totals indicated on the Olympic Entry Forms for the athletes of the qualified NOC teams, which will be the basis for the IWF for the allocation of the competitors into the Group A or B (men) and listing them on the Start List, must meet the following criteria:
a) Total results achieved in official international competitions between 1st January, 1999 and 30th June, 2000. Such competitions must be in the IWF Calendar, with IWF Controller and IWF doping controls. Total results must have been achieved in the bodyweight category which is the same where the athlete is entered to the Olympic Games.
b) Athletes who cannot register any such Total in their respective category of Entry during the above-mentioned period for any reason (injury, dropping out, etc.) may indicate a Best Total at their choice, but the actual starting weights in snatch and jerk cannot give a Total less than 20 kg under the indicated Best Total.

For those athletes making their Olympic qualification on the Individual Qualification basis (Special Ranking List) the NOC can only indicate their Best Total achieved in one of the Qualification events (1999 World Championships or the Continental Qualification event in 2000) and they can participate in the Olympic Games only in the bodyweight category for which they have qualified.

Dr. Tamas Ajan

IWF General Secretary

2000 Junior World Championships

Following a withdrawal in December by the originally appointed organiser, Egypt, a new location and host was approved by the IWF:

the 2000 Junior World Championships will now be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 30 June – 8 July.

Dr. Ajan appointed to WADA

The IWF General Secretary, Dr. Tamas Ajan was invited to be a Member of WADA, the World Anti Doping Agency. WADA was established upon the initiative of the International Olympic Committee, following the World Conference on Doping in Lausanne, last February. With Dr. Ajan’s appointment to this world-wide organisation, beside his own knowledge and practice, the vast intelligence and experience accumulated in the 24 years of serious anti-doping battle of the IWF have found recognition.

Unprecedented Participation and World Records, Record Spectator Numbers at the 1999 Weightlifting World Championships in Athens, Greece

All-time participation records were broken in Athens, at the 70th Men’s and 13th Women’s Weightlifting World Championships (21-28 November 1999). Altogether 626 competitors – men and women – representing 88 nations fought for the titles and the team points which, at the same time, were worth of slots for the NOCs in the Sydney 2000 Olympic weightlifting events.

In some bodyweight categories the number of participants exceeded 60 for men and 40 for women and competitions in A-B-C and D sessions had to be carried out in two parallel halls thoughout the days.

At what undoubtedly deserved the title of the “Greatest World Championships of the Century”, the women set 15 senior and 9 junior world records; the men 14 senior and 4 junior world records. For the first time in the 108-year old history of the Weightlifting World Championships, Qatar (3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) and Nauru (1 silver) won their first ever medals.

The World Champion titles in the 8 men’s categories were taken by weightlifters from eight different countries and even in the women’s field, Chinese ladies captured “only” four categories, thus enabling a very wide range of nations to score victories.

An unprecedented 10,000 enthusiastic crowd filled the vast Peace and Friendship Stadium in Pyraeus to capacity for the contests of the Greek champions: Pyrros DIMAS and Akakios KAKHIASVILIS, both of them 2-times Olympic Champions. A further 2 thousand spectators remained outside the Stadium.

The men’s team ranking was headed by Greece, the women’s by China.

The biggest surprise was the victory of newcomer Shahin NASSIRINIA of Iran in the 85kg category over the top favourite, though injured, Pyrros DIMAS of Greece. In the 94kg, the home crowd celebrated gold and bronze medals won respectively by local heros Akakios KAKHIASVILIS and Leonidas KOKAS. Two further Olympic champions were able to defend their world titles: Halil MUTLU of Turkey (in 56kg) and Andrei CHEMERKIN of Russia (in +105kg).

"Thank you, Greece!"

IWF Decisions

At the International Weightlifting Federation’s Annual Congress, held on 20th November 1999 in Athens, under the chairmanship of Gottfried SCHODL, IWF President and Dr. Tamas AJAN, IWF General Secretary, delegates of 90 member countries were present.

The delegates listened to reports of organisers of future events:

· The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
· The 2004 Athens Olympic Games
· The 2000 University World Championships – Montreal, CAN
· The 2001 Junior World Championships – Saloniki, GRE
· The 2001 World Championships – Nauru
· The 2002 World Championships – Spala, POL

The IWF Executive Board awarded the organisation of future World Championships:

2002 Junior World Championships - Kathmandu, Nepal
2003 World Championships - Vancouver, Canada,
2003 Junior World Championships - Tel-Aviv, Israel

AIPS Weightlifting Commission 30 Years Old

Several decades ago, the AIPS (International Sports Journalist Association) made the initiative to establish special AIPS Commissions in the various sports. The idea was – and the past thirty plus years have spectacularly proven it right – that a co-operation in this format between the sport’s international leaders and the sports journalists could only be of benefit to both parties and the sport itself.

Today there are over thirty such specialized AIPS Commissions in operation. The first ones were founded in the mid sixties.

The Weightlifting Commission of the AIPS was created in September 1969 in Warsaw, within the framework of the 43rd World Championships. It was preceded by the Commissions in athletics and basketball.

The sports journalists specialized in weightlifting celebrate the 30th birthday of their Commission during the 1999 World Championships in Athens.

As it has been confirmed repeatedly on various occasions by the top officials of the AIPS, the Weightlifting Commission is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best-working groupings within the Association. The collaboration between the IWF and the AIPS Weightlifting Commission is universally judged as being exemplary. Among all sports weightlifting is the only one which publishes its official colour magazine under the joint headline of the IWF and the AIPS.

The AIPS Weightlifting Commission has boosted its activity and gained world-wide recognition especially since 1985. That was when French journalist Alain Lunzenfichter took chairmanship in the commission. Lunzenfichter has imperishable merits in establishing what is now an ideal relationship with the International Federation and a universal recognition in the professional circles.

We must mention also the fact that the top management of the AIPS itself, the 5-member Bureau, comprises in addition to Turkish Togay Bayatli, President, Finnish Matti Salmenkyla, General Secretary and Maltese Charles Camenzuli, Treasurer, two representatives of the Weightlifting Commission: Alain Lunzenfichter, 1st Vice President and Jeno Boskovics, Deputy General Secretary.

At its anniversary meeting in Athens, the Commission will be honoured by the IWF.

30-Year Old EWF Celebrated

The European Weightlifting Federation’s 30th Anniversary was solemnly celebrated in Spala, Poland, on the occasion of the Junior European Championships. All former and Honorary Presidents of the Federation were invited and honoured by the host Polish Federation.

23 World Records in Wuhan

Asian women weightlifters established a total of 13 absolute and 8 junior world records and the men set one senior and one junior world record at the Continent’s Senior and Junior Championships held 29 August to 5 September in Wuhan, China.

The Chinese ladies once again proved their supremacy, taking most of the titles. The world’s foremost female weightlifter, favourite for Olympic championship, Tang Weifang (CHN) again rewrote the world records in the 75 kg category.

The men’s Championships featured some surprise results achieved by Iranian lifters. In the 105 kg, Hossein Tavakoli (IRI) defeated Chinese world champion Cui Wenhua and in the superheavyweight category junior world champion Hossein Rezazadeh (IRI) achieved a 430 kg total result.

The All Africa Games just completed in Johannesburg, South Africa, served as the first Olympic Qualification event in weightlifting for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The main Olympic qualification event is the 1999 World Championships for Men and Women, to be held in Athens, 21-28 November.

Provided by: Jeno Boskovics, IWF Spokesman

Aniko Nemeth-Mora, IWF Media Officer

Most Important Events in the Century

Under this title published in the previous 1999/1 issue of World Weightliftingwe asked the weightlifting community and our readers to let us know: what do you consider to be the most important event that happened in weightlifting in this Century.

We asked for replies to be forwarded to us until 15th May, 1999.

We did in fact receive quite a few replies, but on second thought we believed that there was no reason for hurry, there was still time left until the end of the Century. Therefore, we now extend the deadline to 31st December 1999 and will publish the summary of the replies in World Weightlifting’s 2000/1 issue.

Yet, just to give you some food for thought, we give you a few ideas picked from the answers received:

  • The awakening of women’s weightlifting and its inclusion in the Olympic Games
  • 1972 – the abolishment of the press
  • 1975 – introduction of the Junior World Championships
  • 1976 – when the IWF was the first among the sports to launch a serious anti-doping battle
  • Senior and Junior World Championships expanding to former “white spots” of the world

Please send us your idea about the Most Important Event in this Century until 31st December, 1999!

Four New Members to the IWF

At its General Congress, held on 2nd July 1999 in Savannah, USA, the IWF approved the affiliation of four new members all from the Oceanian Region):

Marshall Islands (MAI)

Niue (NIU)

Tuvalu (TUV)

Vanuatu (VAN)

At present, the number of the IWF affiliated members is 168.

1999 World Weightlifting Championships for Juniors in Savannah, USA

Savannah, Georgia, USA hosted the 25th edition of the Men’s and the 5th one of the Women’s World Weightlifting Championships for Juniors with 206 competitors from 40 countries participating.

The men established 10 new world records (2 of these for seniors), and the women set up 19 world records (9 of these senior records as well).

To enormous surprise, for the first time in the history of the sport, the Women’s team classification was won by Spain, preceding China and the USA. Among the men, China was most successful with Turkey and Romania following.

The AIPS-ELEIKO Trophy for the Best Lifter of the World Championships was awarded to Chinese weightlifter Shi Zhijong (men) and Polish lifter Agata Wrobel (women).

Recognition for Jesse Owens

A special event highlighted the Closing Banquet of the 1999 Junior World Weightlifting Championships held in Savannah, USA.

As it is known, on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the AIPS, the world’s sports journalists elected ‘The Best Athletes of the Century’. The awarding ceremony was held on 26th June 1999 in Budapest, with H.E. Juan Antonio Samaranch in attendance as Guest of Honour.

One of the top 25 Athletes voted as Best of the Century was legendary Olympic champion US athlete Jesse Owens. By a joint gesture and effort of the International Weightlifting Federation and the US Olympic Committee, Mrs. Hamphill, daughter of the late Jesse Owens also appeared in Savannah and took over, amidst great jubilation, the prestigeous Trophy for her father from Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF General Secretary, Patron of the Budapest Gala, and Jeno Boskovics, IWF Spokesman and AIPS Deputy Secretary General, author and organiser of the celebration.

In a few emotional sentences, Jesse Owens’s daughter thanked the sports journalists of the world for not having forgotten her father even after so many years.

26 New World Records at University World Championships

1-3rd May, 1999, Chiba, Japan hosted the 2nd edition of the Weightlifting World Championships for University and College Students. Altogether 18 nations sent participants from 5 continents: 60 men representing 15 countries, and 33 women representing 11 countries.

The best nation among the men was China, preceding Chinese Taipei and Korea. Despite the largest number of gold medals amassed by the Chinese women, in the women’s classification Chinese Taipei became first, with China and Japan in second and third places, respectively.

In the men’s 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, and 85 kg categories, the Chinese won all the gold medals. In the 105kg category, Martin Tesovic of Slovakia scored gold. In the women’s field, Chinese students shared 18 gold medals. Defender of the University World Champion title, female Lifter of the Year in 1997 and 1998, Tang Weifang (China) once again excelled by outlifting the silver medallist by 30kg and improving the clean and jerk world record to 140.5kg (in 75kg category).

In the Championships, thanks to the women, 19 senior and 7 junior world records were established. Meng Xianjuan and Lei Li established five new world records each. Last year’s Asian Games winner, leader of the 1998 World Ranking, modified the snatch world record from 120.5 to 121kg, the clean and jerk world record from 155.5 to 156kg and the total world mark from 270 to 275kg. Such weights had never been lifted before by any women weightlifter.

Detailed Results

Lifters of the Year – 1998

The Best Woman: Tang Weifang

The Best Man: Plamen Jeliazkov


For a world champion title in total, for both men and women, 12 points were allocated, for a gold medal on an individual lift 10 points. World records are worth 10 points in total, 8 points in snatch or clean and jerk.

Chinese Tang Weifang achieved an absolute record with her 84 points. Among the male weightlifters, 50 points were sufficient for Bulgarian Plamen Jeliazkov to become the Best of 1998.

Lifters of the Year 1998

1. Tang Weifang CHN 84 points
(3 W.Ch. gold medals + 2 total and 4 individual world records)
2. Chen Yanqing CHN 68 points
3. Tang gonghong CHN 40 points
4. Diao Weiwei CHN 34 points
Guo Huibing CHN 34 points
6. Li Yunli CHN 32 points
Kuo Ping-Chun TPE 32 points
8. Ding Meiyuan CHN 26 points
Lei Li CHN 26 points
Luo Xiaoqin CHN 26 points
Sun Tianni CHN 26 points
Wang Xiufen CHN 26 points
Yang Xia CHN 26 points
1. Jeliazkov Plamen BUL 50 points
(3 W.Ch. gold m., 1 world record in total and 1 in a lift)
2. Sabanis Leonidas GRE 40 points
3. Mutlu Halil TUR 32 points
4. Chemerkin Andrei RUS 22 points
Kakhiasvilis Kakhi GRE 22 points
Razorenov Igor UKR 22 points
Vanev Zlatan BUL 22 points
8. Dimas Pyrros GRE 20 points

The winners:
TANG Weifang (1978)

Since 1994, she has been a world ranking leader untinterruptedly until 1998 when she finished in second place in her category.

Best results since 1994: 230, 225, 227.5, 260, 242.5 kg. (She totalled 260 kg in the 83 kg category; the first three results in the 70 kg, the 1998 result in the 69 kg categories.)

She had twelve world championship medals: 10 in gold, 2 in silver.

She has established altogether 31 senior and 34 junior world records.
TANG Weifang
JELIAZKOV Plamen (1972)

At the 1994 World Championships, he became 8th (325 kg), at the Atlanta Olympic Games 4th (335 kg). He did not participate in 1997, only to make a comeback in Lahti with 350 kg (160, 190), including three gold medals and two world records.

His advance is clear-cut from the progress of his best results year by year:

1991: 320 (9th in the world ranking), 1992: 302.5 (23rd), 1995: 325 (10th), 1996: 335 (5th), 1997: 330 (5th), 1998: 350 (1st).

Continental Federation Elections

1999 is election year for most of the Continental Federations approved by the IWF.

So, the Asian Weightlifting Federation had its electoral Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, this January and the following new officials were elected:

President: SAKURAI Katsutoshi (JPN)

General Secretary: SAY LEAN Michael Koay (SIN)

Vice Presidents: TI Wei (CHN)
TAI Yuen (HKG)
Datuk BOON LEONG Wira Gan (MAS)
Maj. Gen. YODBANGTOEY Intarat (THA)

Board Members: Brig. Gen. KABLY Bakr (KSA)
Wg Cdr. AHMED Mohyuddin (BAN)
NI Viktor Sounovitch (KAZ)
BLANCO Ricardo (PHI)
CHANG Chao-Kuo (TPE)
ANVAROV Mirzolim (UZB)

Elections in the Weightlifting Federation of Africa took place in Cairo, on 11th April, 1999.

Officials elected for the term until 2003 are:

President: HANNA Gamil (EGY)

General Secretary Treasurer: Brig. HANNA Samir (EGY)

Vice Presidents: BELKACEM Bammou (MAR)
(Mrs.) RUMMUN Fatima (MRI)

Board Members: MOHALHAL Khalid (LBA)
EDRIS Housin (TUN)
ADPOJU Emmanuel (NGR)

Similarly, new officials were elected to the European Weightlifting Federation, at its Congress in La Coruna, Spain, on 13 April 1999.

President: BASZANOWSKI Waldemar (POL)
General Secretary: ERCOLANI Marino Casadei (SMR)
Vice Presidents: SGOUROS Yannis (GRE) (1st)
KLOKOV Viacheslav (RUS)
Executive Members: MATTINGSDAL Per (NOR)
BARAK Shimon Yerucham (ISR)
ZORATTI Marcello (ITA)
KARE Pekka (FIN)
JOHN Myrddin (GBR)

Immediate past President of the EWF, HOLLAND Wally (GBR) was accorded the title of Honorary President of the EWF.

1998 World Championships - Lahti, FIN

The first World Championships held in Finland in this sport since the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952, the competitions in Lahti, Finland's "Sports Capital" ran from 10 to 15 November 1998.
The first to be executed in the new, Olympic bodyweight category structure of 8 for the men and 7 for the women - in force since the beginning of this year - the 1998 World Championships welcomed a male field of 210 competitors from 54 countries, and 122 women weightlifters representing 34 nations.

Among both the men and the women, the medals were shared by representatives of a large variety of nations. New world champions are: JELIAZKOV, Plamen and GARDEV, Georgi (BUL), ASANIDZE, Georgi (GEO), CARUSO, Oliver (GER). Among the women, LI, Yunli, WANG, Xiufen, SHI, Lihua, TANG, Weifang, GAO, Xiaoyan (CHN), KUO Chu-Ping (TPE) and WROBEL, Agata (POL) had never been senior world champions before.

Both twofold Olympic Champions of Greece: DIMAS, Pyrros and KAKHIASVILIS, Akakios entered their first challenge since the Atlanta Olympic Games. They remain the leading force in their respective categories: 85kg (DIMAS) and 94kg (KAKHIASVILIS).

In the six days of competitions in Lahti, altogether 14 new world records were born.

An unprecedented situation occurred in the men's Team Classification: Greece and Bulgaria both collected 566 points. According to the rules, in such case the greater number of gold, then silver, than bronze medals decides in favour of one or another nation. In Lahti, these two countries had exactly the same number and composition of medals, even the number of the fourth places obtained was equal. Finally, due to the fact that the Hellenic athletes had 3 fifth places (!) against Bulgaria's 2, it was Greece that won the winning team's trophy.

Team Ranking:

Men Women
1. Greece (566 p.) 1. China (508 p.)
2. Bulgaria (566 p.) 2. Chinese Taipei (453 p.)
3. China (428 p.) 3. Hungary (328 p.)

Important decisions by the International Federation

At the IWF Annual Congress, held on 9 Nov. 1998 preceding the Weightlifting World Championships in Lahti, Finland, the IWF approved the affiliation of KIRIBATI (in Oceania), which increased the IWF membership to 163 countries.

The IWF Executive Board allocated future World Championships. In a difficult choice among three very capable competitors (Germany, Poland, Nauru), the IWF finally passed a landmark decision when it gave the organisation of the 2001 Men's and Women's World Championships to NAURU (Oceania)! Carrying out the first senior World Championships in the new millennium, Nauru, a tiny island in the Pacific with less than 8,000 inhabitants, will make a historical entry in the annals of sports worldwide.

Saloniki, GREECE received the organisation of the 2001 Junior World Championships.

The right for the organisation of the 2002 World Championships was given to POLAND, the City of Spala.

Lahti '98 Preview - Lahti, Finland, 9-15 November

Who Will Be The 1,000th World Champion?

The 69th Men's and 12th Women's Weightlifting World Championships will be held in Lahti, Finland, 9-15 November. This will be the first championships to include contests in eight categories for men and in seven categories for women.

In the history of world championships stretching from 28 March 1891 until our days, special features will mark the challenges in Lahti.

In altogether 68 world championships, the men shared 991 gold medals. Since a total of 24 gold medals are to be issued in the eight categories in Lahti, the aggregate number of world championship gold medals must surpass One Thousand this year.

Who will receive the 1,000th gold medal of senior men's world championships?

What we know now is that this particular gold medal will be awarded to the winner of the total in the 69kg category. But what we do not know yet is who may that lucky guy be: last year's world champion of the 70kg Bulgarian Vanev Zlatan, or Olympic champion Chinese Zhan Xugang, or someone else...?

And there is another momentous event for us to witness in Lahti. In the men's world championships, altogether 2,963 medals have been awarded to date (991 gold, 987 silver and 985 bronze). 37 more are needed to complete 3,000. Lahti will allocate a total of 72 medals to the men, so the 3,000th medal will also find its proud owner in the Finnish town. This owner will be the one who wins third place in the snatch in the 85kg category.

Ladies, do not be afraid: you will also have "special" medals to celebrate at the '98 Worlds.

Eleven world championships have taken place so far which distributed 297 gold medals altogether. Lahti will, therefore, mark the 300th women's gold medal: its recipient is the total winner of the 48kg.

In the eleven world championships a total of 891 medals (297 gold, 297 silver, 297 bronze) have been awarded to the women. The third-place winner of the total in the 48kg category is thus to take over the 900th world championships medal.

In conclusion, Lahti '98 will label the following "special" medals:

The One-Thousandth men's world champion title - to go to the total winner in 69kg
The 3,000th men's world championships medal - 3rd place in snatch, in 85kg
The 300th women's world champion title - to go to the total winner in 48kg
The 900th women's world championships medal - bronze in total in 48kg

The IWF, the AIPS Weightlifting Commission and World Weightlifting will offer special Trophies to those winning these four exceptional medals. Similar initiatives on behalf of other parties are most welcome.

AIPS Elections

Coincidingly with the 1998 Men's and Women's World Championships, the four-year mandate of the AIPS Weightlifting Commission will expire. The Commission's outgoing officers were elected at the 1994 World Championships in Istanbul.

The AIPS Weightlifting Commission was established on the occasion of the 1969 World Championships in Warsaw. Completing nearly three decades of activity, the group of sports journalists specialized on Chairman has been Frenchman Alain Lunzenfichter, a member of the Editorial Board of the world's largest circulation sports daily, L'Equipe. Alain Lunzenfichter was elected to First Vice President of the AIPS in 1997. Since its foundation in 1969, the Weightlifting Commission has had one General Secretary: Jeno Boskovics, who has been the AIPS Deputy General Secretary since 1997.

The new management will be elected by the sports journalists in Lahti from a list of candidates. Candidatures may be submitted to the positions of Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary and Council Member.

Candidatures are welcome by the AIPS Secretariat (1054 Budapest, Hold u. 1., Hungary), before 15 October 1998. Candidates must be holders of the AIPS Card valid for 1998 and 1999.

World Championships Schedule

7 Nov. IWF Committee meetings
8 Nov. IWF Executive Board meeting
9 Nov. Verification of Final Entries - IWF Annual Congress
Technical Officials' meeting
10 Nov. Women 48 and 53kg
Men 56kg
11 Nov. Women 58 and 63kg
Men 62kg
12 Nov. Men 69 and 77kg
13 Nov. Women 69 and 75kg
Men 85kg
14 Nov. Men 94 and 105kg
15 Nov. Women +75kg
Men +105kg

World Weightlifting Championships 1998
Svinhufvudinkatu 23 A 15110 Lahti, Finland
Tel: 358 3 821 411 Fax: 358 3 821 4121
E-mail:  spnl@sci.fi
Web Site:  www.wwc98.com

General Secretary Matti Everi
Tel: 358 500 236 279 Fax: 358 2 529 9379
E-mail:  matti.everi@kkk.inet.fi

Weightlifting World Championships Much In Demand 07.09.

Weightlifting World Championships will celebrate their 69th edition for the men and 12th edition for the women, this November in Lahti, Finland.

Next year's World Championships will be held in Athens. The 1999 Championships in Greece will, at the same time, serve as the main Olympic qualification event for both male and female weightlifters for Sydney 2000.

The 1999 Junior World Championships are slated for June in Savannah, USA and the right to host the 2000 event for the under 20 year old age group has been given to Egypt.

It seems that the Weightlifting World Championships beyond 2000 are much sought after. The race for the 2001 events has begun and although the deadline for the candidatures expires only on 15 September 1998, Germany, Nauru, Poland and Turkey have already presented their bid for the senior World Championships, Russia for the Junior World Championships.

Both the senior and the Junior events will be allocated by the IWF Executive Board at its meeting in Lahti on 8 November 1998.

First Olympic Weightlifting Coin

For the first time in history, an Olympic coin has been struck specifically to commemorate the sport of wieghtlifting.

The bright aluminium bronze coin was released in October last year and is part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program, a collection of 52 coins celebrating Sydney's Millennium Games, which will be staged in September, 2000.

The attractive and affordable coin features a highly polished image of a weightlifter against a frosted background and carries the Olympic year date, 2000 -the first coin in the world to do so.

The coin is legal tender of Australia and is presented in a colourful individual creditcard style pack bearing the official logo of Sydney Olympic Games and a brief profile on weightlifting.

Australia's two official mints, The Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint, have combined their expertise to produce the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program, which features eight gold, 16 silver and 28 bright aluminium bronze coins.

The program has been authorised by the Australian Government and is conducted under the auspices of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).

Both mints share an international reputation for efficient, high quality coin and medallion production.

The Royal Australian Mint, a division of the Commonwealth Treasury, is the sole producer of Australia's circulating coinage and the dominant issuer of Australian collector coins, while the Perth Mint is renowned as Australia's specialists precious metals mint.

The Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program is the most ambitios Olympic coin program ever undertaken by a host country and will be marketed in arounded 60 countries between October 1997 and May 2000.

The program is the first to emrace a coin for each of the 28 Olympic sports, including weightlifting, and these have been produced in bright aluminium bronze to make them accessible to collectors of all ages and income levels.

All the bright aluminium bronze coins in the Sydney Olympic Coin Collection have a face value of $5.00 and are produced to meet market demand.

The limited mintage precios metal coins echo the themes of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and are the purest Olympic coins ever minted, with the gold coins 99.99% pure and the silver, 99.99% pure.

The 10-gram gold coins focus on the athlete and cover a number of themes from "The Journey Begins" through "Dedication" to "Preparation" and "Achievement". They have limited mintages of 30,000 each (240,000 gold coins in total) and a face value of $100.00.

All the silver coins and the first gold coin in the collection feature the use of colour for the first time in Olympic and Australian coin history, and all carry the Olympic year date, 2000, including those minted in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

The one-ounce silver proof coins celebrate Australia's unique flora and fauna and its cultural diversity, and have mintages limited to 100,000 each (1.6 million in total) and face value of $5.00.

The bright aluminium bronze weightlifting coin offers an excellent opportunity for national weightlifting associations to raise funds as a Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program has agreed to supply the coins to associations at the wholesale price of US $5, allowing the associations to on-sell the coins to their members at a reasonable retail mark-up.

If you need any information on the program, please contact Mr Anton Porzig, joint Marketing Director, GPO Box M924, Perth, Western Australia, 6004.

Tel: (618) 9421-7265 Fax: (618) 9221-7031.

Results of the 1st World Championships for University and College Students

Weightlifting Festival On The Island Of Nauru

Paul Coffa, founder and father of weightlifting (and sports) in Nauru, has told us about weightlifting on that tiny island, stories you would think can happen only in fairy tales.

She has established altogether 31 senior and 34 junior world records.
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Now, this Republic of a total population of 7,500 souls (!) hosted a fabulous festival of weightlifting at the end of March, with the participation of representatives of 24 countries from all over the world, 16 of them with competitors (80 altogether). The list of Guests of Honour included Gottfried Schodl, IWF President and Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF General Secretary. All those present could be convinced that what had actually taken place in Nauru in terms of weightlifting and sports in just a couple of years was, although near to fiction, true reality.

Three events were staged concurrently: the 1998 Commonwealth Championships, the Oceania and the South-Pacific Championships, for both men and women lifters.

In the women’s field, 8 nations delegated 33 athletes, among the men 16 nations took part with 65 lifters.

The lineups included several weightlifters of international renown. One of the best of the ladies, Kunjarani of India (owner of 17 World Championships silver medals), as expected, remained among the lightest even after the reorganisation of the bodyweight categories. At the Chiangmai World Championships, she had lifted 170kg with a body of 45.80kg; in Nauru, she weighed 47.55kg and lifted again 170kg: not too bad for the beginning of the season. Indians continued to excel in the 53kg, 58kg, and the 75kg categories. New Zealand’s still junior world record holder girl, Olivia Baker increased her bodyweight from Chiangmai’s 101.60kg to 107.50kg and her result from 197.5 to 205kg.

In the men’s start list, former junior and senior world champion Kiril Kounev of Australia appeared as the participant with the most respectable record. He used to lift and score success in 82.5kg, in Chiangmai he fought as a 91-kg lifter (360kg), now his latest category is 94kg, with an output of 367.5kg, beating the silver medallist by 67.5kg. Nauru’s most famous weightlifter, Stephen Marcus won with a 30-kg advantage. He opened the 1998 season with a 282.5-kg total matching his World Championships score.

Kiril Kounev proved to be the best lifter of the Championships in an absolute sense: his 367.5kg was, for instance, 15kg better than the superheavy winner Liddell’s (NZL), although the latter outweighed him by 32kg.

The Weightlifting Federation of Bulgaria has just opened a weightlifting training camp for foreign sportsmen under the leadership of famous Bulgarian specialists and coaches.

For more information please contact the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation General Secretary Mr.Norair Nurikian (fax/telno.: 359 2 9810506)

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