To: The World Powerlifting Congress and Interested Individuals Subject: WPC vs. WPO I have been often asked the difference of one championship with the other. To me it is in the title. It is true that the WPO finals are held at the explosive Arnold every year and the amount of â€œtotal venueâ€ causes sensory-implosion to most individuals. I donâ€™t see the WPO finals anywhere else. The opportunity for exposure is tremendous. These showcase powerlifters mainly come through the semis, the WPC racks, and some selected outstanding individuals are given invitation, again I stress the word â€œoutstandingâ€. All must be a certain proven caliber. The WPC championships are held in different countries and have a more involved selection process. Here in the states, we have local, regional, national meets that, from placement, lead to the world championships. The WPC championships have much more depth in terms of traditional weight/age/sex classes and lifters. To me both are GREAT and have their place! However when it comes right down to it, nothing takes the place of a WPC World Championship metal/trophy/certificate on the wall!
We've all seen the bashing on goheavy. We have seen the doubting and so forth. Well, I put my integrity on the line every time I judge. I was the head judge. Bottom line, the lifts were good. I made sure she paused completely motionless and hold the lock out. Probably cost her 550. She had it locked out and as I was calling for the rack, she had the spotters take it. I did this by the rules and to make sure that there was no question.
Arnold got me lifting, Kaz made me want to powerlift, Ed Coan has influenced me since 1983, but right now I would say hands down it is Jesse Kellum.
With MN and WI having two big meets within an hour driving distance of each other it presents the challenge of having both meets go off well without effecting turnout. I was wondering what other states facing similar situations have done to deal with it?
this topic has been reported on in a few places. it seems there are a lot of strong opinions on it. thought i'd post it here for some discussion as most of you guys are apf-ers. Here is the post I think sums up all the bad reasons for a decision like this most eloquently: Post by Rick Hussey I donâ€™t know what to think of it. I have a hard time with the approach, â€œThis is how it is going to be, or else.â€ The communication between the APF/WPO â€œcommitteeâ€ and lifter is non-existent. Lifters that build a federation need to be treated with the respect they have earned. This new rule has not given lifters a choice; some of my current lifters would have chosen to stay in the APF a bit longer. A lifter should have the choice before the rule goes into effect. I feel like the lifter has to jump through hoops these days.
Tiny Meeker benched 914 pounds yesterday at the APF House of Pain Texas Championships. Meeker who was competing as a 308, recently secured the all time highest bench in the 308's with a 942 pound press. Yesterday's 914 pounds was the third highest mark in history.
Meeker then apparently asked for 970 pounds to be loaded. Instead of 970 pounds, 1,069 pounds was put on the bar. Side judge Joe Dalton says Meeker got that to within 6 inches of his chest, but couldn't touch the weight. However, he was able to press the weight back up from there.
UPDATED: Reports now indicate that the correct weight of 970 pounds was used. Here Mark Harris issues an apology.