Saturday, August 16, 2008

USA Weightlifting and the 100 meter dash

Kendrick Ferris put together a great performance to set two U.S. records in the men's 85kg class. Ferris totalled 362kg and beat his own record in the clean and jerk with 202kg. Ferris ended up finishing 8th, but nonetheless, represented the U.S. very well in what has been typically an area of weakness for the U.S. in weightlifting.

You can watch the replay of his performance here.

An interesting note: Farris has changed his jerk technique from his 'odd' half-split/half-squat to a full-squat jerk. Obviously an improvement, but I have heard conflicting viewpoints on the full-squat jerk, which has been made popular by the Chinese and the legendary Pyrros Dimas.

Track and Field

Tyson Gay (10.05 semifinals, 5th) missed qualifying for the finals of the 100 meter dash. Not too sure if it would have mattered as both Asafa Powell (9.91 semifinals, 1st) and Usain Bolt (9.85 semifinals. 1st) have looked very good in the prelims. I think it is Bolt's race to lose. If he puts together a good start, I don't think anyone will be able to touch him.


Mike T Nelson said...

I agree with ya on Bolt. If his start is on, he will be gone!

See ya in a few days!
Mike N

Aaron Schwenzfeier said...

Yep, and Bolt just got it done... 9.69.

Looking forward to it Mike!