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Ilya Aleksandrovich Ilyin (Russian: Илья Александрович Ильин; born 24 May 1988) is a Kazakhstani weightlifter who has won four world championships. On 12 December 2015 at the President's Cup in Grozny, Russia, Ilyin set two world records in the −105 kg class: in the clean and jerk (246 kg) and in the total of (437 kg). Ilyin was named IWF World Weightlifter of the Year four times: in 2005, 2006, 2014 and 2015.

Ilya Ilyin
Personal information
Nationality Kazakhstani
Born (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 30)
Kyzylorda, Kyzylorda Region, Kazakhstan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 104.35 kg (230.1 lb)
Website www.ilya-ilyin.kz
Sport
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) -105 kg
Coached by Toyshan Bektemirov, Erzhas Boltaev
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 191 kg (2015)
  • Clean and jerk: 246 kg (2015, WR)
  • Total: 437 kg (2015, WR)

Originally a double Olympic champion from 2008 and 2012, Ilyin was officially stripped of, and ordered to return, both gold medals on 25 November 2016, as a result of his anti-doping samples from both competitions being retested and being found to contain banned anabolic steroids, namely stanozolol.[1]

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Athletic careerEdit

 
Ilyin on a 2013 stamp of Kazakhstan

Ilyin became Kazakhstan's first junior and senior weightlifting world champion when he placed first overall in the −85 kg class at the 2005 World Weightlifting Championships. He snatched 170 kg and clean and jerked 216 kg (for which he also won the clean and jerk phase) for a total of 386 kg. His total of 386 is the current youth world record in the −85 kg class.

The next year Ilyin competed in the 94 kg class at the 2006 Junior World Weightlifting Championships, 2006 World Weightlifting Championships and 2006 Asian Games in Doha, winning all these competitions. At the 2006 Junior World Weightlifting Championships he snatched 176 kg and clean and jerked 225 kg for a total of 401 kg; Andrei Aramnau from Belarus captured the silver medal with 393 kg total with 177 kg snatch and 216 kg clean and jerk.[2]

In September 2006 Ilyin snatched 175 kg and clean and jerked 217 kg for a total of 392 kg, securing the gold medal in the −94 kg category at 2006 World Weightlifting Championships. With his final two lifts in the clean and jerk phase he attempted to set a world record with 233 kg but was unsuccessful. In December 2006 Ilyin won the −94 kg class at 2006 Asian Games, snatching 175 kg and clean and jerking 226 kg for a total of 401 kg. After a very successful year Ilyin was named 2006 IWF World Weightlifter of the Year for the second time.[3]

Ilyin competed in the −94 kg class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and originally won the gold medal, snatching 180 kg and clean and jerking 226 kg for a total of 406 kg.[4]

In 2011, Ilyin competed in the −94 kg class at the world championships and once again won the gold medal in both the clean and jerk and the overall. He snatched 181 kg and clean and jerked 226 kg for a total of 407 kg.

Ilyin originally won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 94 kg category with a world and Olympic record total of 418 kg. He was successful in all three snatch attempts with lifts of 177 kg, 182 kg, and 185 kg. He was also successful in all three clean and jerk attempts with lifts of 224 kg, 228 kg, and 233 kg. His final lift of 233 kg was initially recognized as the world and Olympic record in the clean and jerk.[4] On 14 September 2016 all of these results were annulled and his medal stripped for doping violations.[5]

In 8 November 2012 Ilyin was awarded the Olympic Council of Asia award as the best Asian athlete, along with Zulfiya Chinshanlo and Olga Rypakova.

Ilyin competed in the -105 kg category at the 2014 World Weightlifting Championships held in Almaty. He snatched 183 kg, 187 kg and 190 kg, placing third. Ilyin made two out of three lifts in the clean and jerk, lifting 233 kg on his opener and on his final lift of 242 kg, breaking the clean and jerk world record and winning the competition by virtue of lighter body weight.

On 12 December 2015 Ilyin competed in the Iwf Grand Prix 5th Russian Federation Presidents Cup held in Grozny. Ilyin completed two out of three lifts in the snatch, going 184 kg on his opener and 191 kg on his final attempt to secure the gold medal. In the clean and jerk Ilyin made two lifts with a third lift in hand, going 231 kg on his opener before making a 15 kg jump to break his own clean and jerk world record and successfully hitting 246 kg to win the gold medal. This total of 191/246 gave him the new total world record of 437 kg.

In March 2016 Ilyin was named the IWF World Weightlifter of the Year for the fourth time in his career.[6]

In June 2016 it was announced by the IWF that retests of the samples taken from the 2012 Summer Olympics indicated that Ilyin had tested positive for prohibited substances, namely dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and stanozolol.[7] On 14 September 2016, Ilyin was stripped of his second Olympic medal.[5]

Also in June 2016 it was announced by IWF that retests of the samples taken from 2008 Summer Olympics indicated that Ilyin had tested positive for stanozolol. If confirmed, Ilyin faced losing his first Olympic medal.[8]

Ilyin is a member of the Astana Presidential Club.[9]

Personal recordsEdit

Discipline Result (kg) Location Competition Record Date
85 kg
Snatch 170   Doha World Championships National Record 14 November 2005
Clean & Jerk 216   Doha World Championships National Record 14 November 2005
Total 386   Doha World Championships Junior World Record 14 Nowember 2005
94 kg
Snatch 181   Paris World Championships National Record 12 November 2011
Clean & Jerk 226   Doha Asian Game Asian Game Record 5 December 2006
Total 407   Paris World Championships National Record 12 November 2011
105 kg
Snatch 191   Grozny President's Cup Competition Best 12 December 2015
Clean & Jerk 246   Grozny President's Cup World Record 12 December 2015
Total 437   Grozny President's Cup World Record 12 December 2015

AchievementsEdit

  2014 World Weightlifting Championships, −105 kg;
  2011 World Weightlifting Championships, −94 kg;
  2010 Asian Games, −94 kg;
  2006 World Weightlifting Championships, −94 kg;
  2006 Asian Games, −94 kg;
  2005 World Weightlifting Championships, −85 kg;

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2008   Beijing, China 94 kg 175 180 -- -- 223 223 226 -- -- DSQ
2012   London, United Kingdom 94 kg 177 182 185 -- 224 228 233 -- -- DSQ
World Championships
2005   Doha, Qatar 85 kg 165 170 173 7 205 211 216   386  
2006   Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep 94 kg 170 175 177   217 233 233   392  
2011   Paris, France 94 kg 175 181 184 5 221 226 --   407  
2014   Almaty, Kazakhstan 105 kg 183 187 190   233 239 242   432  
Asian Games
2006   Doha, Qatar 94 kg 162 166 171 1 205 215 226 1 397  
2010   Guangzhou, China 94 kg 170 175 178 3 215 219 227 1 394  
IWF GRAND PRIX
2015   Grozny, Russia 105 kg 184 188 191 1 231 246 -- 1 437  
World Junior Championships
2005   Busan, South Korea 85 kg 155 161 168   197 202 206   374  
2006   Hangzhou, China 94 kg 165 171 176   215 217 225   401  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IOC sanctions seven athletes for failing anti-doping tests.
  2. ^ 32nd Junior World Championships 2006-05-29 Hangzhou (CHN). IWRP (29 May 2006). Retrieved on 2016-05-18.
  3. ^ Ilin again, Chen Yanqing for the first time: Best of the Year. Best Lifters of 2006. iwf.net
  4. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ilya Ilyin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Weightlifter set for 2012 Olympic bronze despite finishing ninth". BBC Sport. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ Best of 2015: HSU SHU-CHING and ILYA ILYIN | International Weightlifting Federation. Iwf.net. Retrieved on 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ IWF public disclosures
  8. ^ IWF public disclosures
  9. ^ Ilyas Omarov (4 July 2013). "Astana Presidential Sports Club Launched". The Astana Times. Retrieved 31 October 2013.

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