Ilya Ilyin

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Ilya Ilyin
Ilya Ilyin 2015.jpg
Ilyin in December 2015
Personal information
Nationality Kazakhstani
Born (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 28)
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, Rufat Sembinov
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 191 kg (2015)
  • Clean and jerk: 246 kg (2015, WR)
  • Total: 437 kg (2015, WR)

Ilya Aleksandrovich Ilyin (Russian: Илья Александрович Ильин; born 24 May 1988) is a Kazakhstani weightlifter who 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.

Athletic career[edit]

Ilyn 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 records 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.[1]

In September 2006 Ilyin snatched 175 kg and clean and jerked 217 kg for a total of 392 kg securing the gold medal in −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 Ilya Ilyin was named 2006 IWF World Weightlifter of the Year for the second time.[2]

Ilyin competed in the −94 kg class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won the gold medal, snatching 180 kg and clean and jerking 226 kg for a total of 406 kg.[3]

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 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 is now the current world and Olympic record in the clean and jerk.[3] As a result of this performance, Ilyin became the first Kazakhstani in history to win two Olympic gold medals.

In 8 November 2012 Ilin 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. Ilya 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.

Ilyin is a member of the Astana Presidential Sports Club.[4]

In March 2016 Ilyin was named IWF World Weightlifter of the Year for the fourth time in his career.[5]

In June 2016 it was announced by 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. If confirmed, Ilyin faces losing his second Olympic medal.[6] 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 faces losing his first Olympic medal.[7]


2012 London Olympics[edit]

Rank Athlete Group Body weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total
1 2 3 Result 1 2 3 Result
1st, gold medalist(s)  Ilya Ilyin (KAZ) A 93.52 177 182 185 185 224 228 233 233 418
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Aleksandr Ivanov (RUS) A 93.30 180 185 185 185 215 224 229 224 409
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Anatolie Cîrîcu (MDA) A 93.29 178 181 181 181 220 226 228 226 407

Doping[edit]

Ilyin tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (A sample) in a retest of samples from his performances at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics along with other Kazakhstani athletes.[8]

Personal records[edit]

Discipline Result (kg) Location Competition Record Date
85 kg
Snatch 170 Qatar Doha 2005 World Weightlifting Championships National Record 14 November 2005
Clean & Jerk 216 Qatar Doha 2005 World Weightlifting Championships National Record 14 November 2005
Total 386 Qatar Doha 2005 World Weightlifting Championships Junior World Record Nowember 2005
94 kg
Snatch 185 United Kingdom London 2012 Summer Olympics National Record 4 August 2012
Clean & Jerk 233 United Kingdom London 2012 Summer Olympics World Record 4 August 2012
Total 418 United Kingdom London 2012 Summer Olympics World Record 4 August 2012
105 kg
Snatch 191 Russia Grozny President's Cup Competition Best 12 December 2015
Clean & Jerk 246 Russia Grozny President's Cup World Record 12 December 2015
Total 437 Russia Grozny President's Cup World Record 12 December 2015

Achievements[edit]

Med 1.png 2014 World Weightlifting Championships, −105 kg;
Med 1.png 2012 London Olympic Games, −94 kg.
Med 1.png 2011 World Weightlifting Championships, −94 kg;
Med 1.png 2010 Asian Games, −94 kg;
Med 1.png 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, −94 kg.
Med 1.png 2006 World Weightlifting Championships, −94 kg;
Med 1.png 2006 Asian Games, −94 kg;
Med 1.png 2005 World Weightlifting Championships, −85 kg;

Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2008 China Beijing, China 94 kg 175 180 -- 4 223 223 226 1 406 1st, gold medalist(s)
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 94 kg 177 182 185 2 224 228 233 1 418 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships
2005 Qatar Doha, Qatar 85 kg 165 170 173 7 205 211 216 1st, gold medalist(s) 386 1st, gold medalist(s)
2006 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep 94 kg 170 175 177 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 217 233 233 2nd, silver medalist(s) 392 1st, gold medalist(s)
2011 France Paris, France 94 kg 175 181 184 5 221 226 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 407 1st, gold medalist(s)
2014 Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan 105 kg 183 187 190 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 233 239 242 1st, gold medalist(s) 432 1st, gold medalist(s)
Asian Games
2006 Qatar Doha, Qatar 94 kg 162 166 171 1 205 215 226 1 397 1st, gold medalist(s)
2010 China Guangzhou, China 94 kg 170 175 178 3 215 219 227 1 394 1st, gold medalist(s)
IWF GRAND PRIX
2015 Russia Grozny, Russia 105 kg 184 188 191 1 231 246 -- 1 437 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Junior Championships
2005 South Korea Busan, South Korea 85 kg 155 161 168 2nd, silver medalist(s) 197 202 206 1st, gold medalist(s) 374 1st, gold medalist(s)
2006 China Hangzhou, China 94 kg 165 171 176 2nd, silver medalist(s) 215 217 225 1st, gold medalist(s) 401 1st, gold medalist(s)

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