Dragon Tournament 2004
is one of the oldest IWF-tournaments and already in 1991, 1992 and 1993
I competed wit a bronze medal as best result.
This year a Belgian team of 4 men and 1 lady competed .
We traveled by car (5 people in my car :-) and boat.
Our results were much better than expected. We
came back with 2 silver medals, 2 bronze and 1 4th place. Sarah De
Coster also put new national records.We were helped a bit by the
fact that some countries were absent because they couldn't get visa
(Uzbekistan, Georgia, ...) but none of our athletes disappointed.
Even without the
missing countries there were still 10 countries present ((Iran, USA,
Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Engeland, Pakistan, Schotland, Malta, Romania)
female participants and 32 male.
The results of our team where (*
I'm satisfied with my silver medal but I kind of gave away the gold
medal. The Romanian Olympian Jigua Adrian who finished 2nd in this years
European Championships wasn't in top shape and snatched 117.5
I opened with 115 kg, snatched it high but didn't block and missed. In
2nd it was no problem. With a bodyweight advantage a 120 kg snatch would
have given me a 5kg lead. Again an easy snatch but same problem in
catching the weight overhead. I ran with it but had to drop it in the
When Jigua jerked
145 kg I knew I had to do 147.5. It is pretty much so early in the
season but I had a lot of confidence cause 142.5 was light. I cleaned it
amazingly easy. But I didn't finish it to the end. My usual mistake,
jerking it slightly in front made the gold medal vanish.
A shame but I was happy that I already had the strength to make 267.5
total in theory.
finished 6th in the overall ranking with 369 sinclair points.
This years Silver Dragon Winner was the Iranian
The female winner was Danica
Rue from the USA with 240.9 sinclair points.
few months after I made this report the new came that the Silver Dragon
winner Vansofla tested positive together with his compatriot
Alereza Shakeri (tenth in total). Parviz Nouralipur became the new
winner and I became 5th! overall.
Danica Rue and her team mate Erin
Okonek and Ali Biglari Vansofla (later suspended) with the Silver Dragon Trophee.
My 120 snatch attempt and 147.5 clean and jerk.
Sarah with her silver medal.
At 7h45 am , just before the weigh-in of the first group (Sarah's
group), there was a fire and we all had to leave the building. I had to
wake to coach so if I had to wake than everybody ;-).
Me and my adversary Adrian Jigua from Romania:
Warm up room
When those girls
(Erin -USA, Joanne (GBR), Sarah (Wales))
ask you to go out
you don't say no :-)
but that's how you come
was a joke folks , we are always very serious :-)