36th Open Men's World Championships
This was a combined Men's and Women's International Powerlifting Federation Championships. The host city was Stavanger Norway with the Norwegian Powerlifting Federation providing the logistics for the event. The lifting venue was a great facility with plenty of warm-up platforms and arena seating for the audience. The weather was typical Norwegian with a lot of over cast days with rain. There were 89 Women and 144 Men that participated representing over 40 different countries.
The lifting schedule alternated between Men and Women during the six day event which worked out extremely well. The USA Women's team placed first for the team title and Priscilla Ribic won the Champion of Champions with a Wilks of 626.59. It has been since 1997 since an American has won that title. The USA Men's team placed second in the team title behind Poland.
I will begin with the Women's results
44 KG Weight Class - Raija Koskinen from Finland took the gold with a 363.7 LB squat, 187.3 LB bench, and a 358.2 LB deadlift, for a 909.4 LB total. The total was a world record. USA Erin Dickey finished fourth with a 699.9 LB total. USA Barbara Sieps finished in a close fifth with a 694.4 LB total and she took a Bronze medal in the squat with a 286.6 LB effort.
48 KG Weight Class - Yokako Fukushima from Japan took the gold with a 358.2 LB squat, a monster 275.5 LB bench, and a 341.7 LB deadlift, for a 975.5 LB total. Wei-Ling Chen from Chinese Taipei took the silver and Vilma Ochoa of Ecuador was only 5.5 LBs behind and took the bronze. USA Jonna "JoJo" Ocampo placed ninth with a respectable 650.3 LB total despite this being her first World meet.
52 KG Weight Class -Yi Ju Chou from Chinese Taipei took the gold with a 363. LB squat, 187.2 LB bench, and a 407 LB deadlift, for a 959 LB total. There was a close battle for second place between Mervi Sirkia of Finland and USA Suzanne (Sioux-z) Hartwig-Gary. Meriva took the silver with an 898.2 LB total and Sioux-z was not too far behind with an 892.7 LB total. Although Sioux-z had a difficult day in the squat and deadlift, she grabbed silver in the bench press by going 3 for 3 with a PR 226 LBS.
56 KG Weight Class - Anna Olsson of Sweden took the gold with a 396.7 LB squat, 297.5 LB bench, and a 391.2 LB deadlift, for a 1085.7 LB total. Eleonora Makhpirova of Kazakhstan took the silver with a 1041.5 LB total. Lisett Buriel of Venezuela took the bronze with a 964.5 LB total
60 KG Weight Class -Nadejda Malyugina Uzbekistan took the gold with a 451.7 LB squat, 253.5 LB bench, and a 462.7 LB deadlift, for a 1,168.2 LB total. There was a close battle for second place between Fiona Bachhaus Gundula of Germany and Li Hsu Hsiao of Chinese Taipei. Fiona took the silver with a 1,058 LB total and Li was not too far behind with a 1052.5 LB total. USA Jennifer Perry in her first World meet finished a respectable 7th with a 959 LB total and lifted like a veteran by going 8 for 9.
67.5 KG Weight Class - USA Priscilla Ribic continued her domination of this weight class with an overall Gold with a 534.5 LB Squat, 286.5 LB Bench, and a 523.5 LB Deadlift, missing a World Record attempt of 556.7, LB for a 1,344.7 Total. The squat and deadlift was a Gold medal effort and the bench a Silver. Antonietta Orsini from Italy took the silver and set a Master World bench record of 319.5 LB. Inna Terasmaa of Estonia took the bronze with a 1,069 LB total.
75 KG Weight Class - Inger Blikra of Norway took the gold with a 496 LB squat, 314 LB bench, and a 496 LB deadlift (World record), for a 1,306 LB total (World record). Ingunn Haakonsen of Norway took the silver with a 1,207 LB total. Bhagwat Madhuri of India took the bronze with a 1080.2 LB total
82.5 KG Weight Class - USA Liane Blyn left very little doubt who was the best in her class by taking an overall gold, a gold in the squat and bench, and a close silver in the deadlift. She hit a 496 LB squat, a 286.5 LB bench, and a 451.7 deadlift for a 1,234.5 LB total. Heidi Arnesen Hille of Norway edged out Tarja Koski-Sipila of Finland by bodyweight with a 1,173.7 LB total for the silver.
90 KG Weight Class - Ielja Strik of Netherlands took the gold with a 551 LB squat, 374.7 LB bench, and a 485 LB deadlift for a 1,410.7 LB total. Bonica Brown took the silver but was very impressive by breaking her 4 sub junior world records in all three events and total with a 507 LB squat, 275.5 LB bench, and a 468.2 LB deadlift for a 1,251 LB total. Chang Ya Wen won the bronze with a 1,201.5 Total. Rosemarie Beer who placed 4th set maters records with a 385.7 LB squat, 407.8 LB deadlift and 1080.3 LB total.
90+ KG Weight Class - This was truly one the most exciting competition of the tournament. This featured Hildeborg Hugdal of Norway a local hero and USA Jessica O'Donnell. The venue was packed with busloads of folks from Hildeborg's hometown and they were LOUD. Hildborg barely beat Jessica by 5.5 LB in the squat with a 584 LB effort. Jessica only got her opening bench of 341.5 LB but Hildeborg set a bench world record on her 4th attempt of 425 LB. Going into the deadlift Hildeborg hit a 462.7 LB on her third attempt which forced Jessica to a 534.5 LB attempt for the gold. Jessica made a tremendous valid attempt but could not completely lock out the weight so she got the silver medal and Hildeborg the gold. Hideborg finished with a 1,455 LB total and Jessica totaled 1,432.7 LB. USA Brandie Hirai was unable to get a squat passed and had a difficult time in the bench. This was her first World meet and I know she plans on doing better next year.
52 KG Weight Class - Dariusz Wszola from Poland took the gold with a 512.5 LB squat, 319.5 LB bench, and a 451.7 LB deadlift, for a 1,284 LB total. Patrick Constantine from Great Britain took the silver with a 1,212 LB total. Chiang Hsu Chin of Chinese Taipei came in third with a 1,168.2 LB total. USA Ervin Gainer Sr finished a close fourth with a 1,140.7 LB total Ervin had a chance for the silver but failed on his third deadlift of 485.7 LB.
56 KG Weight Class - There was a tremendous battle for the top three spots. Hiroyuki Isagawa the 53 year veteran came out on top with the gold with a 473.7 LB squat, 374.7 LB bench, and a 523.5 LB deadlift for a 1,372.2 LB total. This was his 8th Open World title and he became the oldest lifter to attain this accomplishment.. He also won the Masters World this past October. Wu Lu Shih of Chinese Taipei took the silver with a 1,344.7 LB total and USA Domarrio (Doc) Holloway came in a close third with a 1,317 LB total. Doc had a chance for the overall gold but failed on his third deadlift of 578.5 LB.
60 KG Weight Class - Ting Hsieh Tsung from Chinese Taipei took the gold with a 573 LB squat, a big 407 LB bench, and a 628.2 LB deadlift, for a 1,609.2 LB total. USA Hennis Washington took the silver with a 1,399.7 LB total and silver in the squat with a 562 LB effort. Erik Bacinsky of Slovakia took the bronze with a 1,350.2 LB total.
67.5 KG Weight Class - This was a some superb lifting between the veteran Jaroslaw Olech from Poland and young gun USA Caleb Williams. Jaroslaw took the gold with a big 727.5 LB squat, 407 LB bench, and a 661 LB deadlift, for a 1,796.5 LB total. Caleb was close behind for a silver with a Junior World record 722 LB squat, 451.7 LB bench, and a 595 LB deadlift, for a 1,769 LB total. Caleb also took a silver in the squat, gold in the bench and a bronze for the deadlift. Amit Selberg of Sweden took the bronze with a 1,587.2 total.
75 KG Weight Class - USA Wade Hooper won the only gold for the USA Team. He continues to put everyone in awe with his squat. He broke his own World record with an amazing 766 LB effort on his third attempt. He had some problems with the judging in the bench because he only got his opening attempt of 496 LB. Wade finished with a 551 LB deadlift for a 1,813.2 LB total. He also took a gold medal for the squat and bench. Jacek Spychala of Poland took the silver with a 1,730.5 LB total and Hsing Huang Lung of Chinese Taipei took the bronze with a 1,714 LB total.
82.5 KG Weight Class - This was expected to be a close battle between Jan Wegiera of Poland and USA David Ricks. However David severely injured his right leg during his third squat which hampered his bench and deadlift. Jan won the gold with a 727.5 LB squat, 556.5 LB bench, and a 639.2 LB deadlift, for a 1,923.5 LB total. David took the silver with a 705.2 squat, 451.7 bench, and a 705.2 deadlift for a 1,862.7 total. David also won a bronze in the squat and a gold for the deadlift. Davranbek Turakhanov was not far behind with a bronze medal with a 1,824.2 total and barely missed a third attempt of 716 LB for the silver.
90 KG Weight Class - This was a extremely close battle for the top three. Patrik Turesson of Sweden won the gold by bodweight over Pjotr v.d.Hoek of Netherlands. Patrick had a 705.2 LB squat, 440.7 LB bench, and a 694.2 LB deadlift, for a 1,840.7 LB total. Michal Tatarynowicz of Poland was close behind with a 1,829.7 total. Michal had a chance for the gold but failed on his third deadlift attempt of 710.7 LB. USA Greg Jones was unable to get a squat passed due to dropping over 8 lbs in less than 24 hours.
100 KG Weight Class - Michal Wilk of Poland won the gold with a 793.5 LB squat, 573 LB bench, and a 716.5 LB deadlift, for a 2,083.2 LB total. The battle for the silver was close with Andreas Hjelmtveit of Norway edging out USA Jason Beck. Anreas finished with a 2,011.5 total and Jason had a 2,006 LB total. Jason also won a bronze in the squat with a 760.5 LB effort and a bronze in the bench with a 534.5 LB effort
110 KG Weight Class - Ivailo Hristov of Bulgaria won the gold with an 8 for 9 effort. He did an 837.7 LB squat, 573 LB bench, and a 727.5 LB deadlift, for a 2,138.7 LB total. Orhan Bilican of Belgium took the silver with a 2,083.2 total and Marian Czarkowski of Poland got the bronze with a 2,055.7 LB total. USA Nick Tylutki came in a decent 6th place with a 2,033.5 total. Nick has outstanding potential to be a top three finisher in the future.
125 KG Weight Class - Now with the big boys there were plenty of exciting efforts. Jonsson Audunn of Island took the gold with 870.7 LB squat, 617.2LB bench, and an 804.2 LB deadlift, for a 2,293 LB total. Clive Henry of Great Britain took the silver but set a Masters 1 squat record with a 959 LB effort and overall total of 2,248.7 LB. USA Tony Cardella took the bronze and had to hold off a challenge from Asbjorn or Norway to win by bodyweight. Tony hit an 815.5 squat, a 600.7 bench, and an impressive 804.5 deadlift for a 2,221.2 LB total. The deadlift was a gold medal for Tony. This was Tony's first top 3 finish at the Worlds and he is hungry to improve.
125+ KG Weight Class - Finland took the gold and the silver for this class. Ove Lehto won the gold with a 914.9 LB squat, 688.7 LB bench, and a 755 LB deadlift for a 2358.9 LB total. Jari Martikainen took the silver with a 2,281.8LB total. USA Randall Harris took the bronze. He had trouble getting a good squat in but then hit his stride with the benches and deadlift. He finished with a 815.7 LB squat, 628.3 LB bench, and a 799.2 LB deadlift for a 2243 LB total. Randal's bench was a silver medal and the deadlift a bronze.
Summary and closing remarks: The Women's and Men's team would like to thank the equipment sponsors Inzer Advance Designs and Titan Support Systems for all of their support. The coaches who did a marvelous job were Dr Larry Maile, Ivan Ribic, Matt Gary, Mike O' Donnell, Robert Keller, James Townsend, Sherman Ledford, Tony Harris, Johnny Graham, Gary "G-MAN" Grahn, Eliot Feldman. I would personally want to thank Jonna "JoJo" Ocampo for helping me to recover from my leg injury and finish the meet with a great deadlift.
2006 Women's Worlds Team
Report by Priscilla Ribic
2006 marks the FIRST year that USA Powerlifting's Women's Team has won the Open World Team Title! A huge THANKS and recognition to Head Coach Larry Maile for his strategic numbers game, bringing the women's team to beat out the home country Norway with a team score of 57 points to Norway's 54.
Women's Team Stats:
" 2 - Gold Medals
" 2 - Silver Medals
" 1 - Bronze Medal
" 1 - 4th Place
" 1 - 5th Place
" 1 - 7th Place
" 1 - 9th Place
" 1 - Champion of Champions
" 4 - SubJr World Records
" World Team Title
Special thanks to assistant coaches, Ivan Ribic, Matt Gary, Johnny Graham, Steve Auxier, Mike O'Donnell, Tony Harris & James Townsend for all your help! For those there, we had a few issues with having too many coaches in the warm-up area. On the last day, our coaches had a little fun with it by donning the Norwegian Team T-shirts, so at a glance, you could not tell whether it was one of the 10 Norwegian coaches in the warm-up area or one of coaches.
This was one of the best cohesive women's teams I have been a part of. It was a nice mix of veteran World Team members and those new to the International scene, but when we all got there, you would never have know the difference watching them interact and work together. It was an honor for the entire Women's Team to get up and accept our Team Trophy at the closing banquet. It has been a long time coming and the dedication and hard work paid off on the platform!
Women's Team Manager