This week powerlifters once again travelled to Central Europe in search of glory and medals. The IPF World Open Powerlifting Championships have been taking place in the Czech city of Pilsen. There have been many outstanding performances as the lifters have once again resumed their struggles against unbeaten opponent Gravity. This summer's stars in Wroclaw have continued their fine form and made immediate returns to the podium.
It was no surprise when the amazing Polish lifter Jaroslaw Olech topped the podium in Wroclaw. After all, he had been the champion in the previous two editions of The World Games and has collected many medals in an illustrious career. However the enormity of winning a gold medal in front of his delirious fellow countrymen proved too much for him, and he welled up in tears of pride. The video of his emotional response went viral on You Tube and provided the defining image of how much the hosting of The World Games meant to the Poles. In the Czech Republic, Olech claimed his sixteenth World Championship gold! His latest triumph was done in great style, his successful last lift of 328kg set two new world records in deadlift and total weight lifted. It is incredible to think during the course of the deadlift discipline, that the Polish strongman almost lifted a tonne in weight! Olech is an exceptional athlete and his record breaking feats rounded off a memorable year of success at the IPF World Championships and The World Games.