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5-th TAFISA World Sport for All Games

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5-th TAFISA World Sport for All Games5-th TAFISA World Sport for All Games 2012 was held 5-9 of July in Siauliai (Lithuania). There were more then 100 countries and more then 3000 athlets of different sports.

Kettlebell competition was a part of this great sport event. There were more then 100 athlets from 8 countries.

Here are champion's results:


- wc 63 kg: Valentin Egorov - 83 jerks\104 snatches (Russia);
- wc 68 kg: Evgeniy Yakovlev - 96 jerks\130 snatches (Russia);
- wc 73 kg: Alexander Khvostov - 110 jerks\153 snatches (Russia);
- wc 78 kg: Mikhail Kvashnin - 127 jerks\196 snatches (Russia);
- wc 85 kg: Rinat Gelmudinov - 106 jerks\97 snatches (Kazakhstan);
- wc 95 kg: Vitaly Didenko - 143 jerks\175 snatches (Kazakhstan);
- wc 105 kg: Konstantin Strekelovskih - 137 jerks\158 snatches (Russia);
- wc +105 kg: Alexander Mikhalev - 130 jerks\165 snatches (Russia).


- wc 58 kg: Dzanita Pavlova - 95 snatches (Russia);
- wc 63 kg: Kseniya Dedyukhina - 132 snatches (Russia);
- wc 68 kg: Tatyana Potyomkina - 165 snatches (Kazakhstan);
- wc +68 kg: Anastasiya Zolotaryova - 180 snatches (Russia) - new world record.

Also there was a relay race comp - 5 partisipant, 3 minutes jerk per everyone. Results are:

1. Russia - 283;
2. Kazakhstan - 265;
3. Ukraine - 209;
4. Lithuania - 208;
5. Latvia - 204;
6. Lithuanian Club "Jega" - 216 (weight of kettlebells 24 kg.)

Congradulations for all champions and competitors!

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European Championship 2012 on Kettlebell Sport

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European Championship 2012 on Kettlebell SportEuropean Championship 2012 under IUKL was held 19-20 of April in Belgorod (Russia). There competed athleths from Ireland, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Ukraine ect… Also there were representatives of Singapore and Hong Kong.

There are two classes of athletes: professionals (32 kg kettlebells for men and 24 kg kettlebells for women) and amateurs (24 kg kettlebells for men and 16 kg kettlebells for women).

Organizers made this event not only like sport competition. It was very nice holiday. It was most beautiful event of all kettlebell history! There were a lot of new European records, for example Ivan Belyaev’s result = 78 reps in long cycle (weight class 78 kg.).

Team results of this championship: 1 place – Russia, 2 place – Latvia, 3 place – Kazakhstan.

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Kettlebell Championship of 3-German regions on nontraditional exercises

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Kettlebell Championship of  3-German regions on nontraditional exercisesApril 21 of 2012 in Worms (Germany) was held kettlebell championship of  3-German regions on nontraditional exercises.
Hessen, Rheinland-pfalz and Baden-Württemberg.

Main organizer of this event – KSV 1905 Worms (head coach Aleksey Dornhof).
Not a lot of participants came here, but it was just beginning. There were 12 competitors.

They could compete in one of nomination:
- press of kettlebell (1 min);
- one arm jerk (3 min);
- double arm jerk (5 min);
- snatch (3 min);
- long cycle (5 min).

And they could use 8, 12, 16, 20, 24 or 32 kg kettlebells. They had two weight categories: 90 kg and more then 90.

One of the best result is one arm jerk 32 kg 51 reps.

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IGSF World Championship 2011

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IGSF World Championship 2011
International Girya Sport Federation was helding World Championship and open international tournament of Greece on girya sport 12-17 of October in Athens (Greece).

There competed more than 120 participants from 13 countries: Greece, Ukraine, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, Italy, Ireland, Belarus, Kazakhstan, France, USA, Germany.

Ukraine won team competition and relay race too. Nice result showed by Srgiy Sylka (100 jerks and 130 snatches, bodyweight 65 kg) form Ukraine and Georgiadis Pylos (125 jerks and 163 snatches, bodyweight over 90 kg.) from Greece.

IGSG conference was held during this championship. They elected a new president. Yury Scherbina will be president again.

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International competition in Croatia

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International competition in CroatiaName of competition :  ''Biathlon competition - Bjelovar open 2011''
Date:  01. 10. 2011.
Place: Bjelovar, CROATIA

Organizer: Kettlebell team ''Bjelovar'' under the EGSA organization

Number of competitors:  59 (21 girls + 38 guys)

Number of teams: 11 (kettlebell team Bjelovar, giryatrija Zagreb, kettlebell team Sparta, giryatrija remiza, sd kettlebells, girevix, PKC, Bulgaria team, GS Serbia, DSGV eV., Killkenny Kettlebell club)

Number of countries: 7  (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ireland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany)

Competition was helad on 5 platforms in biathlon. First was jerk and after that, snatch.


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IUKL World Championship 2011

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IUKL World Championship 2011

IUKL World Championship was held in Nanuet (NY, USA) last weekend. It was great kettlebell event for United States. There were a lot of participants from 12 countries: USA, Canada, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Australia, Estonia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, England,  Croatia and Ukraine.

Men competed in biathlon (jerk and snatch) and long cycle with 24 kg and 32 kg kettlebells. Women competed in snatch with 16 and 24 kg kettlebells. Russian team won the cup of this championship.

IUKL president Imants Lochmels said he likes conditions for athletes and Yury Petunov, main helder of this championship said they will held many different IUKL competitions in US in future.

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Championship of Germany 2011

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Kettlebell Championship of Germany 2011Johann Martin is weightlifting and kettlebell lifting coach from Hamburg (Germany). He brought strong guys on European championship among youths, where they performed well and took their places on the podium.
August 27 in Hamburg, was held first championship in Germany according to the IUKL rules.
There were about 20 athletes, 11 of them came from different lands. The results are not so good, but it was the important step for development of kettlebell lifting in Germany. Competition were organized at the highest level. It made a good impression for participants and spectators, attract the press.
Now they in Germany have not a lot of good athletes to form national team for European and World championships. But we hope to see German national team on the next international championships and tournaments.

You can see protocols on our website... (results section)

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European kettlebell championship among youths 2011

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european championship 2011 among youthsEuropean kettlebell championship among youths was held from July 30 to August 1 in Ventspils (Latvia).
Russian national team won first team place.

Judging was like adults athletes, according all international rules. Aleksey Malinin (Russia) speaks about judging: "The judging was a rigorous ... especially in the relay! We had two judges – one look at the bottom lock, the other on top. Probably that's why we were not able to set  a new record of relay".
There competed six countries: Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia and Russia.

Together with the youth championship “Ventspils Atlants” tournament was held, which was attended members of the same six countries as well as representatives of Norway, Finland and Australia.

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Open Euro Cup 2011

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Open Euro Cup of Kettlebell lifting 2011Open European Cup of kettlebell lifting was held on June 25 in Chelyabinsk (Russia). The competition had two classes of participants: the class "amateur" - kettlebells 24 kg (and 16 for girls), and "professionals" - 32kg (and 24 for girls). Winners of "absolutely category" among the professionals got extra prizes (total $6000).

Not only european participants competed in Chelyabinsk. There were two representatives of "Ice Chamber" club (USA) - Steven Khuong and Surya Voinar-Fowler.
Russian national team won the team competition.
Winners in the "absolutely categories":
Women (snatch, 24 kg) - Olga Yaremenko (166 reps, bodyweight 58 kg).
Men (32 kg):
Long cycle - Alexey Shishlov (74 reps, bodyweight 78 kg)
Biathlon - Anton Anasenko (jerk 161, snatch 195, bodyweight 85 kg).
10 Russian athletes showed result of MSWC rank. They have to make the dope test (urine sample). 27 samples were taken by RUSADA agency.

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New Records of Russian Championship

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Russian championship 2011This week final of Russian championship was held in Tumen’. There are over 150 participants from 34 regions. There are many new great records.

A few results from this champ:
-    Sergey Merkulin – long cycle – 75 reps (w.c. 73 kg)
-    Jonny Benidze – jerk – 137 reps (w.c. 63 kg)
-    Ilya Tashlanov – jerk – 138 reps (w.c. 73 kg)
-    Olga Eryomenko – snatch – 158 reps (w.c. 58 kg)
-    Anastasiya Zolotaryova – snatch – 163 reps (w.c. +68kg)

Now all champions will be members of Russian national team on the next IUKL world championship in New York.

Many Russian athletes will compete on European cup (in Chelyabinsk, June 25). Not only members of national team can compete there. There will be near 100 Russian competitors. Welcome and you!

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Competition in Denmark

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Kettlebell competition in Denmark17 lifters from the whole of Denmark and one German made the effort to turn up and challenged themselves at a sport they never really  tried before, for most of them.
Arhus Kettlebell Long Cycle was arranged by Thierry Sanchez on Saturday 19 March 2011. There were 2 disciplines none of which were traditional GS. (rules explanation at the bottom
Rules were made to be as accessible as possible to any kettlebell enthusiast. No weight classes and coefficients for the bell weight.
People lifting the heavier bells were in that way rewarded, but anyone was free to use the size they wanted, more or less.
The local TV showed up, and in all about 40 people were watching and cheering.
Everybody who tried the 5 minute event lasted the full set, except one woman who lost the bell with only 30 seconds to go.
10 guys gave the 32kg kettlebell a go with the 3 minute Barbarian sprint event, but only Sif Skov Hansen (Who went to IGSF in Milano 2010) participated in the sprint.
One guy turned up to try kettlebells for the first time in his life, and he did both disciplines.
In Denmark hardly anyone knows or train GS, but this event was really succesful! Only the day before  was kettlebell sport demonstrated on national TV for the first time ever in Denmark, with a 2 minute sprint and some power juggling.
The 5 minute Long cycle consist of a clean followed by a jerk. However, any kind of press or push press is allowed. Bells must not be placed on the floor but resting in a hang position  is also allowed. Resting on the shoulders is not allowed.
Proper lockout (knees and elbows straight, body at a standstill) must be demonstrated for the rep to be valid.
3 failed reps in a row terminate the set. Placing the bell(s) on the floor terminates the set.
Women are allowed 1 change of hand during the 5 minutes. The free hand may not assist in any way.
Guys can choose 2x16,2x20 or 2x24kg. Women can choose 8, 12 or 16kg.
Coefficient are used to reward people lifting with heavier bells.
The Barbarian Clean and freestyle press is a one arm/ one kettlebell sprint  with limited rules.
You are allowed to change hands as many times as possible, and even set the bell on the floor.
You just have to lock the kettlebell overhead in anyway you want and bring it back down again between your legs.  Snatch is not allowed. That's about it.
3 minutes with 32kg for men and 20kg for women.
Winner is calculated as follow: Kettlebell weight x coefficient x reps / bodyweight

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First EGSA competition in Croatia

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Pisarovina 2011 - kettlebell LC competition

8.1.2011, Pisarovina Croatia

Kettlebell Team Giryatrija decided to organize a LongCycle competition early in 2011. Since there is a new association, called European Girevoy Sport Association and was designed for amateur athletes, that wants to improve and compete as many times as possible under same association and not think themselves as professionals.

First of all, I have to congratulate the whole Giryatrija Team athletes for putting up a great scene. I did not participate in preparations, because I leave in Slovenia, and I felt sorry about it a little bit, but on the other hand, it was the first time, that everything was waiting for me. And I was amazed by the way everything was prepared.

Platforms with sponsors in the back, a lot of space for warming up, lots of chalk, radio, speaker, national television, professional photographer, medals for each discipline, trophy for the most perspective lifter, counting boards, clocks.... you name it, it was there.

Nenad Goricki, the president of Giryatrije Kettlebell Team was doing the speaking all the time, judges did their job professionally and everything went through fluently.

First biggest change in EGSA competition is, that there is only one winner per weight of Kettlebell. Winner is decided by coefficient... So, if there are two athletes on same Kettlebel weight and they both do the same number of reps, lighter one wins. I think this way athletes will go all out on every competition, because in other associations there can be 10 or even 15 different weight classes with different weights, and at the end everyone gets home with gold medal.
That way even a lighter lifter stands a chance to win against a heavier one, which I think is fair enough and brings a Girevoy Sport to a higher level.

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Ivan Denisov's Interview

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Ivan Denisov's InterviewToday we'll talk with the strongest kettlebell lifter of our planet, world-class athlete, the champion of Russia and the World - Ivan Denisov. Ivan is absolute record holder in all exercises in kettlebell lifting: 175 reps in jerk (World Championship, Moscow, 2005), snatch 110 (World Championship, Latvia, October 2003) and the most recent record that he brought from Finland just over a week ago - 116 reps in long cycle.

- Good morning, Ivan. We congratulate you with a new world record! Previous record was 7 reps less than your new result. What are your impressions of the results and of the championship in general?

- Impressions are very diverse. It is a pity that we were not able to see and do pictures of Finish cities - we were short in time. And bus trips are not my favorite. However, the conditions of the competition were good for showing high results. The air temperature in the gym, the quality of kettlebells was most favorable for the performance. I am very pleased and happy with my result. I had a very good preparation for this competition. Strong training, good recovery before competition, cool fresh air at the gym, and comfortable form of kettlebells - all these factors contributed to the performance. I went out to the platform with one thought: "I must work." And I was able to do it. I realized that I'll beat the record after about 8 minutes of my set. And I was working very confidently in last minutes. I understood that I succeeded, when the kettlebells were on the platform.

- This year you competed again after a two-year break. How was this time without competing? Was it hard to get back to a platform again?

- A two-year break was only for big events. I have performed on lower level competitions. I have consistently participated in the city competitions of basketball, and various crosses. However, the march on the big stage has been somewhat forgotten. To increase interest and adrenaline I reduced my weight by 8 kg, and was classified for "up to 105 kg" category. I had a heavy workload in the past two years. I have worked out with barbell, ran, and skied. I became much stronger than two years ago.

- Ivan, you're not only a great athlete you are a very good coach, too. Your students - Ksenia Dedyukhina, Denis Gafarov, Artem Gizzatullin - have raised to the higher pedestal competitions of different levels. Ilya Tashlanov moved to Chelyabinsk and now he has not only improved his result, but also become one of the leaders of the Russian national team. How do you manage to combine training and coaching activities, both at such a high level?

- If I was just an athlete and a coach, then I would manage to do everything, and time would remain. But I'm also the chief of the Kettlebell Lifting Federation of Chelyabinsk and Chelyabinsk region. In fact, it's simple - I like it, and I possess it. I try train together with my students while coaching them. And I have very good students. I try to create favorable conditions for their trainings, and they in turn show all they are capable for.

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