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Number 1000

by Al Myers

I knew this day would be approaching soon, and lo and behold, it’s here today!  This is my 1000th blog I’ve written for the USAWA website, which I dubbed early on as the USAWA Daily News.  In 2009 I assumed duties of the USAWA website from Joe Garcia who started the website early on in the late 90’s.  So between Joe and myself the USAWA has had a website for close to 20 years!

On top of my 1000 blogs I have written and/or edited many meet results and meet announcements.  Add on keeping the meet roster up to date and the other website daily duties this has been quite a responsibility over the past 8 years and requires a daily time committment. Our USAWA website is deep in content. Through the years I have added a large historical archive – past summary results from all the National Championships and IAWA Worlds, summaries of past championships, history of past officers, archive of our Hall of Fame members, and much more. Pretty much anything someone would need to know about the USAWA can be found on this website.

I remember when I started this I thought about the NUMBER 1000 being a good long-term goal and would be considered a “good run” for me.  It’s hard for me to believe I’ve actually achieved it.

Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers

2016 USAWA HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Meet Results:

Heavy Lift Championships
Habecker’s Gym
Lebanon, PA
May 7th, 2016

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Officials: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift

 Lifter  Age BWT  Neck H&T Hip TOT  PTS
 James Fuller  44  249  500  1000  1510  3010  2513.5
 Frank Ciavattone  61  300  300  802  1206  2308  2044.5
 Art Montini  88  173  155  400  703  1258  1818.2
 Dean Ross 73  255  155  653  846  1654  1741.8
 Barry Bryan  58  191  250  503  806  1559  1703.3
 Rocky Morrison  54 300  330  603  1106  2039  1695.6
Cassie Morrison 20 194 325 350 806 1481 1348.2

Notes: BWT is bodyweight in pounds. All lifts recorded in pounds. TOT is total pounds lifted. PTS are overall points corrected for age and bodyweight corrections.

Jim Fuller pulls 600 pounds!

by Al Myers

James Fuller pulling a 600 pound Trap Bar Deadlift at Frank's Record Day.

James Fuller pulling a 600 pound Trap Bar Deadlift at Frank’s Record Day.

Frank just informed me that there was a typo in his meet results from his recent record day.  James Fuller’s initial results showed he pulled a Trap Bar Deadlift of 171.5 KG, but instead he pulled 273 kilograms – 601 pounds!  I revised the meet results so Jim would get credit for this outstanding deadlift. Frank indicated to me that this was the first time Jim has surpassed 600 pounds in any form of deadlift in a competition.  Congrats Jim on this big milestone!

Zercher Meet

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS

2016 ZERCHER MEMORIAL STRENGTH CLASSIC
APRIL 23RD, 2016
CLARK’S GYM
COLUMBIA, MO

Meet Director: Bill Clark

Scorer: Bill Clark

Officials: Bill Clark and Joe Garcia

Loaders: James Foster and the Lifters

Lifts: Leg Press, Clean and Jerk, Clean and Press – Heels Together, Hack Lift, Deadlift – Heels Together, Deadlift – One Arm, Bench Press – Feet in Air, Zercher Lift, Steinborn Lift, Neck Lift, Hand and Thigh Lift, Hip Lift, Harness Lift

Joe Garcia Bill Clark
Age  62  83
Bodyweight  94.8  98.6
Leg Press 350  —
Clean and Jerk  155
Clean & Press- HT 155  —
Hack  285 165
Deadlift-HT  315  185
Deadlift-1 Arm 225R 150R&L
Bench – FIA  225  100
Zercher 265
Steinborn 125
Neck 445
Hand & Thigh 1125 425
Hip 1505 705
Harness 2020 1005
Total 7095 2735
Points 7713.1 6274.0

Notes: BWT in kilograms.  All weights recorded in pounds. R and L designate right and left arms. Total is total pounds lifted.  Points are adjusted points corrected for bodyweight and age correction.

Record Day Lifts

Dave Beversdorf – Age 50, BWT 295#
Bench Press – 2 Barbells: 270#
Bench Press – Right Arm: 155#
Bench Press – Left Arm: 155#
Bench Press – Alternate Grip: 365#

Joe Garcia – Age 62, BWT 94.8KG
Vertical Bar Lift – 1 Bar, 2″, Right Hand: 147#
Vertical Bar Lift – 1 Bar, 2″, Left Hand: 147#

Tommy Kono: A True All-Rounder

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by Thom Van Vleck

When I was a kid I had my Uncle Wayne who was a “Paul Anderson Fan”.  He was all about strength and nothing about aesthetics.  Function first, looks second.  And Function was Olympic lifting!  My other Uncle, Phil, was much more at aesthetics but he also liked strength and he was a Bill Pearl fan.  The one guy they could both agree on was Tommy Kono!

Anyone that is involved in strength sports should know by now that Tommy recently passed away at the age of 85 after one of the most storied careers in strength history.  I did a story on Tommy a few years back and I’m going to say a few things here but you would need to large book to really do Tommy justice!

Tommy is famous for living in Hawaii but he was actually born in Sacramento, California and was relocated to the Tule Lake Internment Camp as a teenager during WWII due to the fear people had against those of Japaneses decent.  While this was a miserable experience in some ways it was the best thing to happen to Tommy.  During his stay the desert air helped clear up his asthma which had made him sickly.  He also got involved in weight training which obviously changed his whole life.

In 1950 Tommy was drafted into the army.  They realized his Olympic potential and gave him the opportunity to train.  Tommy worked hard and this all began to pay off in 1952 when he won the gold medal in Olympic lifting in Helsinki, Finland.  This was followed by dozens of World and National records and titles.  He was again Olympic champion in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics (when Paul Anderson famously won his gold) and the won Silver in the 1960 Olympics in Rome.  He kicked in 6 world championships and 3 Pan Am Golds to boot.  So he had the functional strength my Uncle Wayne appreciated.

Tommy also was a champion bodybuilder.  I don’t mean he looked good and did well against the best of the day.  I mean he was a 4 time Mr. Universe!  This was in the same years he was competing as a lifter as well.  So he had the aesthetics my Uncle Phil appreciated.

Tommy was also just as great a coach as lifter.  He coached three separate nations in three different Olympics.  He was elected to numerous Hall’s of Fame but what I recall that was most striking was being named “Weightlifter of the Century”.  Tommy deserved this and here’s why.

While other lifters may have won more world titles or broke more records there there three factors that made him the best.  First, he was undefeated from 1952 to 1960 on the world stage.  Second, his 26 world records were an amazing accomplishment.  Third, these were set almost equally in the three lifts contested in the day.  He was the best at all of them and not a specialist.  Fourth, and maybe most amazing, was he competed and set records in 4 different weight classes.

Maybe most important of all was Tommy was just a great person.  My Uncles met him in the 60’s while he was still lifting.  They told me he was a happy guy who offered advice and really listened to them when they asked him questions and gave them well thought out answers.  I found this out for myself in 2009 when I met him at the Arnold Fit Expo.  I stopped him in the hallway and introduced myself.  He stopped, talked at length, and made me fell like I was a good friend.  He was famous for helping others and never asking for a dime in return.

So I say Tommy all-rounder because he was the best at all the lifts, the best physique, the best coach, the best photographer of his era, and one of the best authors!  He also was just a great human being who would have been a great friend to have even if he had never picked up a weight in his lift.  So here’s to Tommy Kono.  The best!

 

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