On the weekend, we saw yet another IWF-run online competition. Online comps are the flavour of the month right now, and lifters are just going to have to get used to them if they want to compete internationally any time in the foreseeable future.
The competition seemed to run pretty well, except for the obvious technical difficulties we’ve come to expect for online comps. There was also some confusion among athletes and coaches about the rules. But that also was to be expected, given everyone is still trying to get their heads around competing over the internet. All things considered, it ran well — and when it ran smoothly, it was enjoyable to watch.
The structure was a little different to a live competition, so coaches had to rethink their strategy to get the best result.
- The order of lifting is still lightest to heaviest weight on the bar but only within the attempt
- All lifters will finish their first attempt before moving on to their second and so on.
- Lifters/coaches have 30sec at the start of each round (attempt) to declare their attempted weight
Now, lifters are unable to follow themselves, which means no matter what weight you are lifting, you must wait until every single lifter has lifted within that round (attempt) before lifting again.
Depending on the lifter, this could be a positive or negative as some lifters like more rest than others. It just introduces a new element into the mix that could shake things up.
We saw athletes from New Zealand, Australia and other nations from the region.
It’s always great to see what Eileen Cikamatana is doing and watching her compete is constantly entertaining. Eileen went 5/6 with a pretty good performance. She hit a 115kg snatch with a 145kg clean & jerk.
We’ve seen her hit these kinds of comp numbers time and time again over the last year. We’ve heard stories of a 120kg snatch in training (in fact, we’ve heard she’s hit it multiple times) but we are yet to see this on the platform.
Eileen took home a gold medal from the competition and even though we haven’t seen an increase in numbers on the platform, she is world class and is putting Australia on the map of the weightlifting world.
Eileen recently moved from New Caledonia to Australia, after the Oceania Weightlifting Institute was closed down. We saw her lift at the Australian Institute of Sport on the weekend. Does this mean the new institute will be based at the AIS? Time will tell.
We were meant to see New Zealand’s leading female, Megan Gifford, in this same session. The Weightlifting Platform spoke to Megan about why she pulled out last minute.
“I’ve been nursing an aggravated post-op knee in the hope it would settle for the comp. During the warmup it was clear it just wasn’t quite ready to be pushed, so we made a longer term call to sit it out,” Megan said.
We saw Cam McTaggart in his first comp back after injury, and he was looking pretty snappy. Although he didn’t reach near his maximums, he still hit a 132kg snatch and a 155kg clean & jerk.
Matthew Lydement lifted in the same session as Cam. He crushed it, as Matty does, with a big 6/6 performance, equalling his best comp snatch and a setting a clean & jerk PR by 1kg with 184kg. But don’t forget we saw Matty hit more than that in training not long ago.