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European Championships 2008:
Report and pictures


From 13th till 20th of April the 87th  Men's European championships and 21st women's were organized in Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Lignano Sabbiadoro must be undoubtfully a very touristical cosy and busy summertown at the seaside at only 100 km from Venice, but outside the touristical season it is a very quiet and empty town, with nearly all pubs and shops closed at this time of the year.

Dormitory Getur Village Lignano Sabbiadoro
All competitors, coaches  and officials were lodged in Getur Village, a sports domain with several dormitories and sport facilities.

This is a view from my room on another sleepingbuilding.

These championships were well organised, but the accomodation of the dormitories were not at all in proportion with the daily fee of 120.
The training hall was the only accomodation outside the village. A 20 minutes busride was necessary.

Although, they also had a gym in the centre with 4 platforms.
Lignano Sabbiador Beach
The whole tourist-sportcentre is situated along a large beach.

The  meaning of  Sabbiadoro, "Golden Sand", was less obvious at this rainy day
Lignano Sabbiadoro beach
But on this picture, taken by Kari&Inga, it is already easier to imagine the golden summerbeach...

The competition hall was also situated in the village. Always a very positive thing,  cause it allows the teams to watch and support there team mates . (Lifters can't go on a one hour bus trip when they still have to lift them selves)

My father/coach with my mother in  front of the competition hall (with a large advertisement for the Championships).


These were my 10th senior European Championships in row, and it seems an anniversary present was waiting for me :-)  

When I noticed last year that it seemed fairly impossible to qualify for the Olympics in -62 kg class I decided to have a try in 56 kg class eventhough most of the people told me it would be impossible to go down. I have to admit, already at 62 kg I'm  a skinny lifter with around 10% bodyfat. Going down to 56 meant also that I should drop my fatpercentage to less then 5%  and that is very very little. But when something is in my head I go for it so in Octobre 2007 I went on a very strict diet (weighing all the food, counting the calories) for 7 weeks and lifted end of Novembre the first time in -56 kg class with succes.  I snatched 113 kg and jerked 137 kg so it seemed I had a good chance in 56 kg class. 

Tom Goegebuer -5% fat

Tom Goegebuer -5% fat

So I prepaired really well for the European Championships and suffered again 7 long weeks to go down to 56 kg. As my training performances had been a bit stronger I was aiming with confidence at the 253 kg total  and the top 5 that was demanded by the Olympic Committee to send me to the Olympics.

This was the last Olympic qualification event for European lifters so it was no surprise that the highest number of participants in this Olympic cycle was noted with 160 male lifters from 34 countries and 106 female lifters from 27 countries. 
The trend from last year with lower top results and higher base results continued, with great competitions with an  unpredictable outcomes.
Full results can be found on IWF site (and the official  website)


I lifted on 15th of April  and like last years I started in the A-group and those who watched Eurosport TV could follow my lifts.

Usually I'm not feeling so tall with my 165cm but the picture from the presentation (taken by Karinga), shows how tall (or skinny) I am compared to the other lifters.


As the only goal in my mind was to make 253 kg total, I had 115+138 kg in mind and I decided to take these in second lifts. I weighed in at 55.91 and warm up went perfect with two easy 108kg snatches. Was it to light and should I have taken more, or was it the pressure, anyway my first attempt with 111 kg went wrong. I missed it in front, but luckily the second attempt was a lot better. Still thinking about the 115 kg we asked for it without thinking or watching the other lifts (eventhough it seemed that 113 kg would probably enough to get a snatch medal). It was two kilo more than my national record and I knew I needed it to make the 253 kg. The stress made me start a bit different than usual, and althoug the barbell was high enough, it was too much in front to hold it. BAM, I realised my Olympic dream practicly vanished but then my coaches, my Dad and good friend Kari Kinnunen came to me and said that I had the bronze medal for sure. Last years European champion, Igor Bour from Moldavia, started with his maximum 118kg and missed twice before succeeding and also Mutlu Halil, three times Olympic champion and world record holder, came back after a dopingsuspension and wasn't in great shape cause he missed his starting weight of 120 kg twice, and only got it in the last attempt. It wasn't so far away of getting a silver or even gold medal! Still I couldn't smile and focused on my missed snatches.

The coaches would have adapted the tactics for sure if I wasn't so determined to get that 253 kg total.  I continued the plan in my head: 133, 138, 142 kg but my believe in succeeding had diminished a lot. I started succesfully with 133 kg and it was clear to the coaches that I didn't need much more to get a bronze medal, but they knew my mind was set so I went to 138kg. The clean was easy, but the bodyweight loss had its effect on my legstrength and I couldn't come up. Damn, now all my hope was gone.. In the last attempt the rhitm of the clean was better and I came up. I made a small mistake in the jerk and it fell down. But again the coaches came to me "Bronze in total". "What"? That was unbelievable, I stayed far below of what I could lift cause I had aimed for the Olympic selection and still I got the Bronze

Medal Ceremony -56 kg Lignano Sabbiadoro Weightlifting European Championships
Still, I felt a mixture of great dissapointment and rising joy. Only the next hours and days I started to realise how unique this was.
Serge Reding, Belgium's most succesful weightlifter ever, earned (in the heaviest weight class) the last Belgian medal- a bronze in total (and silver in jerk), at the 1974 Senior European championships in Verona Italy. 
(I was born the year Serge Reding died, 1975)
Medal Ceremony European Championships Weightlifting

 

In 2008, 34 years later, also in Italy, I was the next Belgian to snap a medal, bronze in snatch and in total, this time in the lightest category.
I consider this as a great reward after 10 participations in a row at European Senior Championships! 

First time to see the Belgian Flag after the competition! (@Karinga)


-56 

Name

Born

Nation

B.w

Snatch

Jerk

Tot

1

BOUR Igor

18.12.1984

MDA

55.78

118

151

269

2

MUTLU Halil

14.07.1973

TUR

55.92

120

149

269

3

GOEGEBUER Tom

27.03.1975

BEL

55.91

111

133

244

4

URUMOV Vladimir

28.08.1990

BUL

55.69

106

133

239

5

BONNEL Eric

18.08.1974

FRA

55.96

108

130

238

6

DELLINO Vito

16.04.1982

ITA

55.91

100

135

235

7

ADAM Robert

15.09.1982

HUN

55.93

100

128

228

8

GUIRADO Francisco 

24.11.1985

ESP

55.18

106

121

227

9

HERNANDEZ Ivan

12.08.1983

ESP

55.88

101

120

221

10

PALKOVIC Michal

28.10.1985

SVK

56.00

97

120

217

11

VEIZI Skerdilajd

01.05.1990

ALB

55.58

87

115

202

12

STANISLAV Petr

08.06.1973

CZE

55.89

88

110

198

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MAKARSKI Marcin

14.01.1978

POL

55.63

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GRABUCEA Igor

29.04.1976

MDA

55.73

110

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ARTUC Sedat

09.06.1976

TUR

55.74

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Tom Goegebuer Belgium Bronze Medallist

Video of the -56 kg class:

YouTube - [www.ciezary.pl] ME 2008, kat. 56 kg m??czyzn (rwanie)

YouTube - [www.ciezary.pl] ME 2008, kat. 56 kg m??czyzn (podrzut)

Pictures of this event can be found on:

Official website gallery

Karinga's Flickr Page

Rob Macklem's Flickr page

Enjoy also my pictures


There were 10 platforms in the warm up and just as the competition hall it looked wonderfull..  

  
Warm Up hall Lignano

The warm-up hall was big and cosey and the organisation attributed a platform to each lifter..

Tom & Richard Goegebuer

At the warm-up with my coach and dad and yes, I don't look like alifter anymore at 56 kg bodyweight.

(taken by Karinga)

 

Competition platform Lignano european championships weightliftingThe set up of  the competition stage never had been that professional before.

The hall was not to big so it  never looked empty and design and lightning of the stage were perfect. In my opinion this is really important for promoting weightlifting.   Not only does it look more professional and important, also forthcoming TV- and photographer shots are more attractive.
111kg snatch Tom Goegebuer -56 kg
But to be honest, when I climbed the stage for my first lift, I didn't really notice all of this :-)

My second  attempt with 111 kg snatch...

-56kg 111 kg snatch Tom Goegebuerwas succesful
(taken by Karinga)
Tom Goegebuer 115 kg snatchVery determined to snatch 115 kg, but the rythm was wrong and I caught it a bit in front unfortunately :-(.
Clean 133 kg Tom Goegebuer -56 kgThe clean is always very easy, but coming up out of the squat position is different, certainly after loosing 7kg of bodyweight.
Tom Goegebuer Jerk 133 kgTom Goegebuer Jerk 133 kg -56 kg
Jerk 138 kg Tom Goegebuer -56 kgbut 133 kg was no problem at all
so I went for 138 kg and didn't get out of the squat the first lift, but in the last attemt I did
Too bad that I missed the jerk after that
...
Tom&KariThe bronze medal boys, me and my friend Kari who has always been there with tips, help and support, so he is one of the people that can also consider himself as winner of this medal.

Maybe a good moment also to thank everybody who has been supporting me, especially mentally, in all the years.
I can't name everybody but Kari, Mum & Dad, my trainingpartners in Ghent and the French team,...
they  all should know that this medal is also dedicated to them. 

 


Training Hall Lignano
The traininghall had 15 platforms
Tom Goegebuer Training LignanoMy father watching one of my last training sessions.
On the background Myriam Busselot, national secretary of the Belgian federation.
Julia Rohde GermanySarah Blasnik GermanyYoung German girls in training:
Julia Rohde, bronze medal winner -53 kg and Sarah Blasnik -58 kg.

 As Lignano is only about 1.5 hour travelling from Venice and Trieste I also played the tourist for a while:

Trieste
Kari's girl friend Inga taking pictures in Trieste.
venice canalVenice is world-famous for its canals. It is a network of about 118 islands connected by approximately 400 bridges. Every form of transport is on water or on foot (no cars, bicycles or any other kind of transport allowed). 
Venice GondolaVenice Tom Goegebuer
The classical Venetian boat is the gondola, although it is now mostly used for tourists, or for weddings, funerals, or other ceremonies.

You can walk for days in the small streets between thousand of tourists.
There are many small shops and many of them sell the typical Venetian Carnaval Masks (remember also the movie "Eyes wide shut").
Venice San Marco Square San Marco square in Venice

 

Some action pictures I took:

 
Petrosyan Segey Russia -62
Sergey Petrosyan from Rusia won the -62 kg class with European junior records. 
Dzelil Ekrem -69 TUR
Dzelil Ekrem, -69 kg, TUR
Samuel Suywens -69 FRA Samuel Suywens, -69 kg from France.
In the best shape of his life, but in weightlifting the difference between succes and failure is very small and the  disapointment can be overwhelming...

Stoitsov -77kg BUL
Taner Sagir -77 TUR And bad luck even happens to the best of us.
 
Bulgarian World champion Stoitsov and Olympic champion Taner Sagir both made no total in -77kg class.
Taner Sagir Tur
Taner Sagir
Valentin Lidia Ruth Kassirye Norway Valentin Lidi -75 kg became vice European Champion and my sweet friend Ruth Kassirye from Norway already took one medal after moving up in the 63 kg class.
 
Zabolotnaya Russia -75W
Zabolotnaya Natalia from Russia showing her supremacy in 75 kg class.

 

 

 

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