Budapest, Mar 24, 2014: At a ceremony held in Budapest, Hungary, Tatiana Kashirina (RUS) and Ruslan Albegov (RUS) were awarded the 2013 Lifter of the Year Trophy. According to the final results of the voting, the recipients of the prestigious titles in both genders became Russian weightlifters.
During last year’s World Championships, Kashirina improved the women’s absolute mark, the +75kg Clean and Jerk World Record to 190kg. And she did not call the year closed in Poland: at the President’s Cup in Moscow, shortly after the World Championships she set a new Total World Record (334kg) unprecedented in the history of women’s weightlifting. Her triumph has been ultimately confirmed by the voters.
Among the men, with the same kind of supremacy, the winner Ruslan Albegov is the 2013 superheavyweight World Champion. The Russian giant triumphed in Wroclaw with a impressive 464kg Total which is not so far from Hossein Rezazadeh’s fantastic 472kg World Record.
In the presence of the IWF President, Dr. Tamas Ajan, the President of the Russian Weightlifting Federation, Sergej Syrtsov, World Weightlifting Magazine Editor in Chief, Kornel Jancso and Senior Editor Aniko Nemeth-Mora both lifters were honoured to receive this great recognition.
When asked about rivalries both lifters agreed:
Ruslan “Five years ago I was sitting in a tank, but since my military service ended I don’t look at the results of my opponents, my only enemy is the weight”.
Tatiana “I respect my stronger and weaker opponents equally. Even though the toughest competition is with the Chinese lifters, my only will is to surpass myself”. —- IWF