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European Championships 2009:
Report and pictures

Flags medal ceremony EWC 56 kg

From 5th till 12th of April the 88th  Men's European championships and 22 nd women's were organized in the capital of Romenia, Bucharest.

Belgium was represented with two athletes, me in the -56kg men and Sarah De Coster in the -53 kg woman.

Bucharest is one of the biggest cities in Europe, with over 2 million inhabitants and over 200 square km. It is a city of extreme architectural contrasts, with a mixture of the most modern constructions and historical and communist buildings. Buzy roads and crazy traffic, next to silent and beautifull parcs...

Bucharest Historical City Centre

My mother and Sarah De Coster in the historical centre,  a cosy quarter with many little pubs.


Palace of the Parliament Bucharest A major part of Bucharest's architecture is made up of buildings constructed during the communist era replacing the historical architecture with high density apartment blocks.
Nicolae Ceauşescu demolished 1/5 th of the city to construct the second largest building in the world: "The house of  People" - Palace of the Parliament (Pentagon is the biggest).

Kari Kinnunen & me in front of  the the Palace. 
A view from one of the balconies from the Palace on Bucharest's Unirii Boulevard.

The Palace measures 270 m by 240 m, is 86 m high, and 92 m under ground. It has 1,100 rooms, 2 underground parking garages and is 12 stories tall, with four additional underground levels currently available and in use, with another four in different stages of completion.
City Centre Bucharest Since the fall of Communism in 1989, several Communist-era buildings have been refurbished, modernised and used for other purposes (like shopping malls and commercial centres). All accented by the  enormuos publicity screens in American style.
Romanian Architects Association headquarter After 2000, the city went through a period of urban renewal and architectural revitalization.  Buildings from this time are mostly made out of glass and steel.

Additionally, there has been a trend in recent years to add modern wings and façades to historic buildings.

The headquarters of the Romanian Architects Association, symbolically built on the ruins of the Direcţia V Securitate on the second picture are a famous example.
Carol Park Bucharest Carol Park I is one of the most beautifull parks in the city 
Eternal Flame Carol Park It contains a massive monument that once housed the remains of communist leader Gheorge Gheorgiu Dej, as well as the eternal flame that marks the grave of the Unknown Soldier.

It took a time before I started to appreciate the town, but the more I saw the more I liked it.

But now over to the European Championships....

These were my 11th senior European Championships in row, so I can definitely make a good comparision:-). 
The organisation was very good and the personal involvement of Olympic Champion & IWF vice president Nicu Vlad to make sure everything went fine, was pleasant to note! (It doesn't always happen that the VIP's do more then being around). 

I have to note a positive evolution in the more recent organisations. In the past it has happened quite often that officials, invited VIP's,... were lodged in another hotel with more luxury and better food. As there are no championships without the athletes I really do feel that it is only normal to offer the athletes the same conditions. 

Paying a daily fee of 120 € one would also expect to have good food and nice rooms, and it must be said, these were of a high standard this year.

Hotel Rin Grand Bucharest
All competitors, coaches  and officials were lodged in Rin Grand Hotel, a very nice and  big 4* hotel with lots of facilities.

sala polivalenta

The competition is held at the “Sala Polivalenta” a multifunctional structure with 5000
spectators capacity.
It is less then 5km away from the hotel but the traffic in Bucharest can be bad so sometimes the busride took nearly  20 minutes (still very acceptable).
Training hall Bucharest European Championships
In the same building they also constructed the training area
 with 20 platforms.

A minor point in the was the construction of the trainingplatforms.
Instead of having the  middle part in wood like usual, they were constructed fully in rubber.
For lifting seriuous weights this isn't the most solid base to stand on.
Tom Goegebuer training European Championships
Me in training two days before the competition.
Sarah De Coster squat Bucharest
Sarah De Coster making light squats, with my father and mother on the background and Romenian  -58kg medal girl Roxana Cocos watching.


These were my 11th senior European Championships in row, and last year I  captured the silver medal in the 56 kg class. So I prepaired 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 a +250 kg total  and hoping to that would be enough for a medal. 

Sometimes the first championships after an Olympic cycle suffer from a low participation interest, but this year a rather big participants field was noted. 

In total 229 athletes from 39 countries took part (149 men & 80 women), a bit less then last years (264 and 244) but more then in 2006 (207). The 85 kg class men was exceptionally with 30 lifters but also my class had a good participants field with 18 athletes!

Line up 56 kg European championships weightlifting 2009

I lifted on 5th of April  and like last years I started in the A-group and those who watched Eurosport TV could follow my lifts.

My lifts.




Watching the starting attempts, it didn't look bad, but neither very positive. Turkish Artuc Sedat and Moldavian  Igor Grabueca were starting with 110 snatch. Other Moldavian with 108 and the second Turkish lifter with 107. Italian Vito Dellino who's strong point is the clean& jerk also started with 105 kg. 

My teammate Sarah De Coster captured these valuable moments with my camera...


Tom Goegebuer European Championships -56
After having missed my start attempts in the last competitions before the Europeans , I didn't want to put much pressure on my self so I planned to start with an easy opener and then trying to pass the others. As 109 kg seemed to be a sure bronze in the snatch the coaches, my father Richard & my friend Kari Kinnunen, decided on this.

Picture by Karinga  
112 kg snatch Tom Goegebuer European Championships 2009

After a good start with 109 kg, the Italian succeeded also with 109 kg, Grabueca needed 3 attempts to get his opener with 110kg, Artuc Sedat also needed a second attempt with this weight and second Moldavian missed 111kg (and stayed with 108 kg).

My second attempt with 112kg was therefore crucial to be in the running for a medal position for total. When I succeeded only Artuc Sedat had an attempt left. 

Picture by Karinga  

115 kg snatch Tom Goegebuer European Championships 2009
We decided to put whatever what was needed to get the gold medal in the snatch. The Turkish decided to gamble and take over the lead with a 115kg, but he missed.
I was so focussed that I didn't realise I already had the gold and being convinced I needed this lift I was very determined to do this national record lift.
115 kg snatch European Championships 2009 Tom Goegebuer
And after a perfect snatch
...
the release of pressure and joy
had never been
...
so big :-)
But also my father and Kari Kinnunen were full of joy

Having finished the snatch with a 5 kg advantage, the coaches tried to estimate what was needed for the overall medals. They estimated that a 132kg jerk would probably be enough for the bronze and 136 for silver or gold. After these two succesful attempts, only Vito Dellino and Artuc Sedat were still in the running to take my total gold away but they needed to jerk a lot more then their starting weights of 135 kg but as much as 8 lifters still had a possibility to take away my jerk medals. A difficult coaching decision to take, securing the total a bit more or going for the jerk. The coaches decided not to try a national record of 138 kg but put 1kg more, estimating it would be enough. 

Tom Goegebuer 137 kg clean European championhip 2009
This lift prooved to be the best of the three and now it was waiting to see if we made the right choice.
The coaches proved to be right cause the Turkish lifter failed with 142 kg and I got the overall gold and the clean& jerk silver. Italian Vito Dellini took the gold in clean& jerk with 138kg. My total of 252 kg was also a national record.
Tom Goegebuer European champion 2009

It was the second European Championship title in the Belgian history. The last European title was won by Serge Reding in 1969!

            Picture by Karinga  

Video of the -56 kg class:

My lifts.

Pictures of this event can be found on:

Karinga 

Polska Stanga

MEN 56 kg  

 

 

NAME

BORN  

GR  

NAT

B.W.

SNATCH  

CLEAN&JERK

TOT

1  

GOEGEBUER TOM  

27.03.1975 

A  

BEL  

55,71  

109  

112  

115  

132  

136  

137  

252  

DELLINO VITO 

16.04.1982 

ITA 

55,71 

105 

109x 

109  

135 

138  

143x 

247  

GRABUCEA IGOR 

29.04.1976 

MDA 

55,64 

110x 

110x 

110  

130 

134 

136  

246  

ARTUC SEDAT 

09.06.1976 

TUR 

55,55 

110x 

110  

115x 

135  

137x 

142x 

245  

DODOGLO IURIE 

09.07.1991 

MDA 

55,49 

108x 

108  

111x 

126 

132  

136x 

240  

NAZIF FERDI 

22.09.1989 

BUL 

55,97 

104x 

104 

108  

131  

134x 

135x 

239  

GULBEYI AKTI 

15.04.1980 

TUR 

55,74 

107x 

107x 

107  

131  

136x 

137x 

238  

OLARU GABRIEL 

23.11.1988 

ROU 

55,67 

95 

100x 

100  

131  

136x 

137x 

231  

GASCAN MARIUS 

13.07.1988 

ROU 

55,79 

90 

95  

98x 

120 

126 

129  

224  

10 

ANDRIEUX SYLVAIN 

26.12.1981 

FRA 

55,47 

95 

98x 

98  

120 

124 

125  

223  

11 

ERIC BONNEL 

18.08.1974 

FRA 

55,79 

100  

105x 

105x 

123x 

123x 

123  

223  

12 

PRZEPIÓRKIEWICZ MACIEJ 

14.11.1987 

POL 

55,92 

94 

98x 

98  

125x 

125  

128x 

223  

13 

GUIRADO JAVIER FRANCISCO 

24.11.1985 

ESP 

55,35 

100 

105  

107x 

117  

123x 

123x 

222  

14 

MURADOV ASEN 

01.08.1991 

BUL 

55,07 

98x 

98 

103  

118  

125x 

125x 

221  

15 

OTERO STEVEN MICHAEL 

29.07.1990 

ESP 

54,83 

90 

95  

97x 

117x 

117 

124  

219  

16 

PALKOVIC MICHAL 

28.10.1985 

SVK 

55,76 

94x 

94  

98x 

115 

119x 

121  

215  

18

SAMUKASHVILI  Zviad 

22.11.1987 

GEO

55,49

95 

100x  

 

 

 

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After my victory it was ofcourse time to celebrate with food&drinks together with friends and family


Party with my parents, Kari & Inga and Sarah.

Sarah De Coster by the way, was not in a good day at her competition and could only lift her first attempts 62 kg snatch and 79 kg jerk.
A shame cause she was in good shape and 65+83 shouldn't have been a problem.
Picture by Karinga  

Three medal winners from countries that could never hope of being able to capture medals a decade ago.
Ruth Kassirye from Norway (-63kg), me and French Vice Olympic Champion Venceslas Dabaya.

Picture by Sarah De Coster

We also did a car trip to the Black sea (200km drive) to Constantza.
Kari, Inga & me in front of the Black sea.

Picture by Karinga  

 

 

  

Some action pictures I took:

 
Ruth Kassirye
Ruth Kassirye, Norway after a new PB in the snatch and a silver medal.
Simsek Sibel
Turkish Simsek Sibel snatching gold away in -63 kg class.

My father and me coaching Sarah.

Picture by Karinga
Virginie Lachaume  Virginie Lachaume, France -53 kg.
Dabaya Venceslas Dabaya, France, -69 kg.
This picture was taken by Sarah De coster while I
was
....
co-commentating on Eurosport (with David Goldstrom)

Picture by Karinga


 

 

 

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