I honestly cannot tell you where in the heck my head has been the past few days! I really can’t believe that these events crept up on on me like this! Well… they really didn’t creep up on me, my mind has just been in the clouds lately, so I haven’t been keeping up with the latest news as I probably should be. If you don’t have any idea as to what I’m referring to, let me enlighten you… the 2017 Youth World Championships and the European Weightlifting Championships are being held concurrently this week!
The Youth World Championships are in Bangkok, Thailand and are running from April 3rd through the 10th. If you are not familiar with the youth category, it encompasses ages 13 through 17, and the body weight categories range from 50 kg to +94 kg for boys and 44 kg to +75 kg for girls. Looking at the start list, we have about 15 youths participating from the USA, including CJ Cummings and Harrison Maurus, which I think is awesome and good for the future of the sport here! Regardless of nationality, these kids are moving some seriously heavy weight! Support and check them out if you get the chance! The live stream and live scoreboard can be found >here< via the IWF website. Prior streams should be archived on their YouTube channel. Almost forgot, check out the IWF and USAW twitter accounts for more information >here< and >here<, respectively.
The European Weightlifting Championships are running from April 2nd through the 8th and are in Split, Croatia this year. I’m really excited for this for 2 reasons: the Russians are making their return after that whole fiasco involving PEDs, and Ivan Markov is lifting again! Markov has the highest entry total of 375 listed in the men’s 85 kg session, along with Artem Okulov. This session should be pretty interesting to watch. Markov is fresh off of his own personal PED ban, and Okulov and the other Russians are finally allowed to lift, as mentioned earlier. While I prefer Okulov over Markov any day (shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone!), I know that Markov is going to make Okulov work for any kilo advantage that he needs. This link >here< contains start list information and this link >here< contains the live scoreboard and live streaming sections. Make note that this live stream link will only show the B and C sessions. Gregor with All Things Gym has live streaming links for the A sessions >here<.
Also, if you want to catch these sessions at your leisure, Frank Rothwell’s YouTube channel >here< will have all of the A sessions and maybe some of the B sessions uploaded along with the English commentary from British Eurosport. The only drawback is that there is a little bit of a delay with the uploading, but it is definitely worth the wait! Furthermore, the IWF’s Twitter account mentioned two paragraphs prior, will have a host of information and notifications regarding the many Euro sessions as they occur.
Are you hyped for any of these events? Have a favorite lifter that is lifting? Let’s talk about it in the comments section below!