Where’s the Smurf? Watching Ilya Ilyin dominate the Men’s 94kg!

A few members of JustLift in Ottawa had a little get together after some Saturday morning heavy training. Streaming the Men’s 94kg weightlifting session, we all got a chance to see Kazakhstan’s Ilya Ilin dominate the weight class with a world record performance. Ilyin finished with a 418 total, a full 9 kilos ahead of 2nd place finisher Alexandr Ivanov of Russia. The best part was that none of Ilyin’s lifts actually looked hard for him…

If you’ve been following the Canadian Olympic Weightlifting Team in London, you’ll have probably seen a few pictures of the team mascot, weightlifting smurf “Oumpf”. He’s becoming quite a celebrity, catching poses with Canada’s weightlifters and other top athletes. Well, we got a picture to show off some of Oumpf’s teammates back here in Canada cheering on the athletes in London.