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This year the Germans took care of the organization of
the European Championships for youth.
With Sarah De Coster Belgium had the first competitor in this "
European schoolboys an schoolgirls championships" and I had the honor to coach her.
marked the first year with participants till 17 years old so already
from the start it was obvious that the level would largely surpass the previous
ones. Until last year the age limit for the boys and girls was 16 years (and in Belgium it
Besides a participation record also several European records were broken.
The results can be
checked on the official website: http://www.gewichtheben-nrw.de/jem/english/index.htm
The best male lifter was Greek Nikolaos Kourtidis who lifted 155 kg
+ 195 kg in the class -85 kg with 410 sinclair points.
The best female (230 sinclair) was Turkish heavyweight Ummuhan Ucar who
snatched 95 kg and jerked 120 kg at a bodyweight of 75.5 kg. Right
behind was the 2 years younger Italian super talent
Genny Caterina Pagliaro with 22 sinclair.
The training was in a small
backroom of the Dortmund Westfalen soccer stadium. It was small, there
were only two women barbells, it was difficult to find and at first
there was no magnesium. But actually it was the only weak point of
the organization (besides the fact that the pre- weigh-in in the morning
only opened 5 minutes before the official weigh-in).
Sarah in training:
De Coster only started lifting two years ago as a complementary training
for her athletics (hammer throwing and pole-vaulting). With basic
techniques and no international experience she had to face the best of
Europe's. Nerves prevented her from equaling her best total but still she
managed to hook up with the European top in the class till 53 kg with 40
snatch and 60 jerk.
The competition hall and warm-up were very nice. They
used the athletics indoor hall Helmut Körnig and the hotels were within
10 minutes walking.
Warm -up of the 53 kg. On the right picture you can see one of the
best senior lifters in the-58 kg: Michaela Breeze from Great Britain,
this time coaching.
The female team from Finland:
Sini Kukkonen (-48 kg), Anna Everi (-53 kg), Katariina Vestman (-63 kg)
-48 kg women
This 14 year old girl from Germany reached 7th place -48
kg , with 60 kg snatch and 72.5 kg clean and jerk.
Zinaida Niznika from Latvia:
6th place in -48 kg with 60 kg snatch and 75 kg jerk.
One of the most amazing results was achieved by an
Italian girl from 1988.
Her appearance alone is already remarkable. With her extremely short
muscled legs, comparatively long upper-body and short arms, she seems to
be a product of biological engineering :-).
Genny Caterina Pagliaro was already fourth at the junior world
championships earlier this year and with a snatch of 75 kg and a jerk of
85 kg she left the other lifters in Dortmund far behind. This snatch
result would have given her even a medal in the European Senior
championships!!! Will she become the female Suleymanoglu?
||Turkish Özlem Bilmez became 3rd in -53 kg with 65
snatch and 85 kg jerk.
Sarah De Coster (-53 kg) from Belgium with Italian wondergirl
Pagliaro (-48 kg) and Italian Sara Allemano (-53 kg)