I told Justin I would try to put something together highlighting the USAW Nationals while he was in Australia.
The weekend prior to Nationals was Junior Worlds. Heres a video of 85kg class Mike Nackoul killing it in Malaysia. Mike previously did 130/170 in Feb at Junior Nationals, and 140/180 in training, so he had an awesome meet in Malaysia and placed 7th overall. It’s an honor to be able to train with him occasionally.
you can read more about Mike’s trip (including his 150 flip-flop powerclean the day after) here:
Now some highlights from USAW Senior Nationals
Amongst questionable judging, one lift in particular really stood out amongst the women, Chioma Amaechi had a poor performance and bombed out at Junior Worlds the weekend before
”With two lifts remaining for Amaechi, the two-time Junior World Team member had a 16kg gap to make up in order to earn the World Team slot. After matching her PR of 132kg on the second lift, Amaechi went for it all on her final lift as she requested a nine kilogram addition to the bar.”
Amongst the men:
Chad Vaughn (77kg) won his class with a 150kg Snatch and 185kg Clean & Jerk. Chad missed the jerk on 191, which would have been a new American Record.
Kendrick Farris (85kg) won his class with a 157kg Snatch and 199kg Clean & Jerk. Kendrick narrowly missed the jerk at 204, which would have also been a new American Record.
Jon North (94kg) won his class with lifts of 160kg and 186kg (can’t find the videos for some reason)
Donny Shankle (105kg) won his class with lifts of 156kg and 203kg
and Finally, Pat Mendes won the 105+ class with lifts of 177 and 212
as you can see, on a scale of 1-10 take it or leave it, I’m around a 15 on figuring out how to embed videos.
looks like I broke the rest of the page also.
YEAH NICE FUCKING JOB MAN, LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE.
but seriously, thanks for putting this up. Hadn’t seen some of these, particularly Kendrick’s CJ, jesus christ that jerk looks gnarly.
Wow, Kendrick’s jerk was nuts.
Kendrick had just done 207 in training before Nationals too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9UIABpy7x4
a shame he missed that 204. from Kendrick:
“The way we had things mapped out, I was gonna go 197, 204 and then 207. Those are the numbers I’ve been hitting in training. And I felt good, but when I was taking my last few warm-ups in the back I felt really tired,” Farris said. “So I said to my coach, ‘Kyle, we need to take down the numbers. I’m really tired’ and he said ‘Alright, we’ll just get one in and move forward from there.’ It was always the goal to come in and try for that record, but after that second one, I was like ‘I dunno’ ‘cause my wrist was just shot out there, but I gave it a go.”
also, more videos here:
Awesome post, Smith. Thanks.
Glad to see someone is just as incompetent with WordPress as I am.
Thanks for putting this together
I met Mendes at the NSCA Conference in July. He was power snatching some 300# to promote Elieko. He said he was going to dedicate his Nationals performance to me.
I’m a 1 on taking this post. Thank you for the recap.
smith, where are Yasha’s vids?
Ron, no one has posted anything of Yasha yet I guess. Was surprised as he almost beat Donny in snatch.
I know, wtf.
If you look in the background of the Donny Shankle snatch vid, you can see me in the background. On a scale of 1 to drunk, I was drunk.