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Women's weightlifting world championships

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pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:05:25

Live stream (on now) here if anyone is interested:

Featuring 9 woman and a man, Laurel Hubbard. He is likely to medal.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:10:11

This is the no-weight-limit category, hence the biologically female athletes are fairly 'gender-non-conforming' because it's advantageous to be carrying extra fat if you aren't subject to a bodyweight category.

So having a bloke in this category definitely uncool.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:17:05

What do you mean it’s advantageous to be carrying the extra weight?
Can you lift more the bigger you are?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 05-Dec-17 22:19:32

The more you weigh the bigger you are, the bigger you are the easier it is to lift weights as part of that increase in size is bigger arms and legs and therefore bigger muscles.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:20:57

Oh god, of course blush

Ecuador is just lifting them like cotton buds! What a woman!

Wouldn’t normally watch anything like this but interested to see what the commentators will say.

CecilyNeville Tue 05-Dec-17 22:25:13

I have never watched weightlifting other than Olympic finals before (and even then not with much enthusiasm) but this is quite compelling. Also interested at how the commentators will fudge around the elephant in the room.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:26:30

Poor Ecuador, someone has majorly messed that up for her.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:30:07

I think it's not just the extra muscle but also the fat insulates the muscle making it easier to lift or something.

Holley Mangold, US Olympic heavyweight lifter weighed around 400lb when competing.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:37:33


CecilyNeville Tue 05-Dec-17 22:37:54

Oh, here we go!

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:38:56

Starting on 120?

I haven’t become an expert in the last 5 minutes but Jesus Christ.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:39:06

Scorecard here:

Green numbers are the ones they have asked to be loaded

Blue is successfully lifted.

Red is failed.

CecilyNeville Tue 05-Dec-17 22:40:42

It's great to have Laurel showing us how it's done. What a bro pro.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:41:35

I wonder how the female commentator really feels, given she’s an ex-competitor.

This is awful.

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:42:50

Oh look. Laurel is wearing pink trainers 🙄

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:45:48

Hubbard has lifted 131kg, despite what the commentators say.

CecilyNeville Tue 05-Dec-17 22:47:20

I seldom find myself supporting the US in sports, but come on Sarah!!

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:47:28

Sarah is determined as fuck. star

ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:48:11


ICanTuckMyBoobsInMyPockets Tue 05-Dec-17 22:48:37

I’ve never wished anyone to drop something so hard in my life.

TimbuktuTimbuktu Tue 05-Dec-17 22:49:09

Laurel is 10 years older than every other competitor.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:49:26

Hubbard's lifting technique is weird. It's like he's scared, like slow-motion.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 22:58:17

I think that was Hubbard's stronger discipline, so if Robles makes her first clean + jerk (150kg) then it's done, as Hubbard would need to lift 152kg or possibly 153kg, which I don't think he's capable of.

However he seems to be pretty much nailed on for silver, as he's 5kg ahead of the 3rd place athlete.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 23:17:37

great lift from Mexico, means Hubbard has to start at 144kg. Hopefully he can't lift it.

pisacake Tue 05-Dec-17 23:19:46

oh, he has a pink hair tie too.

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