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Evstyukhina (RUS) hoping to end Russia’s golden drought

Five-time world champion Nadezda Evstyukhina (RUS) is hoping to end Russia golden drought with only two day of competition at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships in Almaty.

That elusive medal would raise Russia’s total in the competition to 100 and would make it the fourth country to reach the milestone after China, Soviet Union and Bulgaria.

Women’s 75kg

Nadezda Evstyukhina (RUS) has won five world titles in the women’s 75kg and is two gold medals shy of Svetlana Podobedova’s (KAZ) record in this event, since the introduction of the current weight categories in 1998.

Evstyukhina’s total of 15 medals is already a record in this event. She is the only woman to win five medals in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total in the 75kg.

Evstyukhina is one medal shy of the all-time record of 16 medals by an individual set by Jang Mi-Ran in the women’s +75kg (since 1998).

The record total of most medals won within an event at the World Championships (since 1998) is six, also set by Jang Mi-Ran in the women’s +75kg Clean and Jerk.

Evstyukhina can equal the Russian record of most world titles as she is three shy of Oxana Slivenko’s (RUS) record of eight, which she won in the women’s 69kg between 2006 and 2011.

China and Russia have won a record 10 gold medals in this event, with China having the record in the Clean and Jerk and Total (4 world titles) and Russia in the Snatch (4 world titles).

Men’s 105kg

Ilya Ilyin (KAZ) can become the seventh male lifter to win a Total world title in a record equalling three different weight categories. Ilyin already has won world championship titles in the men’s 85kg (2005) and men’s 94kg (2006 and 2011).

Ilyin is the world record holder in the men’s 94kg at 418 kilogrammes. The top mark in the 105kg is 436 kilogrammes, set by Andrei Aramnau (BLR) at Beijing 2008.

Ilyin has won a total of five gold medals at the World Championships, the most by a male competitor representing Kazakhstan. He has also won one silver and one bronze medal.

Defending champion in Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total is Ruslan Nurudinov (UZB). Only three athletes have won more than three gold medals in this event. Dmitriy Klokov (RUS) and Vladimir Smortchkov (RUS) are both on 4 gold medals and record holder Marcin Dolega (POL) is on 7 world titles in the men’s 105kg.