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An All-Russian Day at the Universiade

The Russians left nothing to chance on the 5th competition day in weightlifting at the Kazan Universiade. They sent doubled forces to the Men’s 85kg and the Women’s 75kg categories and in the Women’s +75kg they launched their invincible champion, Tatiana KASHIRINA.

Duly enough, they pocketed all the gold and – where available – the silver medals, however, not always in the expected order.

In the Men’s 85kg Junior Artem OKULOV fought for the ultimate glory with compatriot Olympic hero Apti AUKHADOV; a duel that ended with OKULOV‘s victory and the Olympic silver medallist taking up the runner-up position again,

In the Women’s 75kg former world champion Nadezda EVSTYUKHINA started confidently with a new Snatch Universiade record, but Olga ZUBOVA in the Clean and Jerk went over limits and accomplished the unexpected feat of beating the star by one kilo on the Total (279 to 278kg). It was pleasant to see the Canadian flag being hoisted to salute the bronze medallist: Marie-Eve BEAUCHEMIN-NADEAU.

The women’s heaviest category was then duly swept by the indominable Tatiana KASHIRINA who came out to lift when everyone else had finished. With no visible effort she totalled 319kg winning on silver medallist Chitchanok PULSABSAKUL from Thailand and Korean LEE Huisol who took the bronze medal.

Both the men and the ladies left no stone unturned yesterday, I mean no Universiade record from Shenzhen survived their attacks.

(Report by A.N.M., photos by Maxim Agapitov)