World Championships 2006:
Report and pictures
The Dominican Weightlifting
Federation organized the 2006 World championships. These 75th
Men's and 18th women's championships were
staged from 27th September till 8th of
October in Santa Domingo, the capital of the Dominican
Domingo, founded by Christofel Colombus' brother
Bartholomeus, was the first real city in the "New World". It is where the settlement of all the Americans began and it's located on the south coast of
the Dominican Republic, about mid way between the western border with
Haiti and the eastern coastline.
first major town to the east is the resort town of Boca Chica
where all teams were accomodated in one of three
touristical hotels, all with swimmingpools and very close at the beach.
Boca Chica beach is a reef-protected lagoon of
tranquil blue waters and powder-white sand. One can wade out 50m
from shore into the water and still be only waist deep. Boca Chica is
crowded on Sundays when capital city dwellers make the half hour
commute to the beach, returning home at dusk.
Staying at such a nice holiday resort with swimmingpool and beach doesn't happen every time...
The famuous white sandy beaches and blue seawater of the Dominican Republic
Vendors wander the beach trying to get a few of the tourist dollars, selling silver jewelry, paintings,.. .
On the left former Champion Alexander Kurlovich, accompanied by Russian's 105 kg class silver medallist Dimitri Klokov.
Eventhough the beach and
swimmingpool looked very attractive, the weather didn't let us enjoy it
all the time by showing us that the rainseason already started:
How luxuriuos the hotels might
look, Boca Chica left an impression of being a very poor region in
the Dominican Republic with many girls looking for foreign men with
money and sitting outside on a motorbike with nothing else to do than
wait for a spare person to bring somewhere for a few dollar"pesos".
||Motorcycle taxis, "motoconchos", are everywhere.
of organization these championships were ok, with some very good things and a few minus points..
The delegations were lodged in 3 splendid hotels all lying on walking
distance of eachother. As mentioned before these hotels were vere nice
to reside but on the other hand the transport to the competition and
traininghall took about 1 hour by bus. So going to watch 1 competition
meant that you lost half a day.
The training and competition facilities were very good, since they used the Mirador del Este Sports Park that was constructed in Santa Domingo for the 2003 Panamerican Sports Games.
There were two nice training halls with enough platforms and new
barbells, just in front of the competition
hall. Enough water was provided which was very necessary for training
in a very humid and hot atmosphere without air-conditioning.
The first training hall
Me doing front squats with 140 kg in one of the last trainingsessions before the competition.
Iranian World Champion +105 kg Rezazadeh, trying to do the same
but with 270 kg :-)
Polish Dominika Misterska in training
of the number of athletes and suspense of the competitions these
championships were very successful..
About 176 women and 298 men from 80 countries were competing.
Championships were the first Olympic qualification event and as the main
qualification is mainly by team performance, a lot of full teams were present.
Full results can be found on IWF
My 5th senior world championship ended as a disaster for me cause I made no total despite of a promising preparation.
I had to lift in the B-group and for one reason or another they put the
C-groups on evening sessions, and B-groups in the early morning. As a
result I had to wake up 5 o'clock in the morning to take the bus at 6
a.m. for a 1 hour ride to the weigh-in.
I've never been a morning lifter but this was so early that my body was
still sleeping and I wasn't explosive at all but I didn't miss any
attempts in the warm-up, so I still had no clue of what was going
My goal of doing 119,
124, 126 vanished immediatly when I missed my first attempt with 119
kg. As my lifts missed explosiveness I catched the weight a
lot more wobbly than usualy and I got out of balance, thereby hurting
I came in a situation that I wasn't snatching explosively and rigidly
plus an injured elbow..., very bad combination indeed and I ended up
with no total before I could realise.
Because I injured my elbow I also decided not to do any clean and jerk lifts.