Yury Fedorenko vs Nikolay Suslov, 110kg/242lbs class, Russian Nationals, 2006, video
This is Yury Fedorneko on the photo, European IPF Champion 2002 and World IPF Champion 2003. I look at this picture and remember the cold March, 2006. It was the 19-th Russian Powerlifting Championships, which was held in Ufa, at Yury’s homeland. The fight between Yury Fedorenko and 4-times IPF World Champion (1999,2000,2004,2005) Nikolay Suslov in the category 110kg/242lbs was the most exciting and spectacular at that competition. Suslov was very strong in the squat, Yury – in deadlift. Fedorenko was 109.6 kg/241lbs, Suslov – 0.3 kg/ 0.66lbs more. I remember that I told Yury: “We won the weigh-in, it can be the deciding factor.” And so it proved. The fight continued until the last attempt in the deadlift. After the squat Suslov was ahead of Yury at 30kg/66lbs! 430kg/948lbs against 400kg/882lbs. The second movement, bench press, didn’t give any advantage for athletes. Both benched 282,5kg/663lbs. Suslov was still in the lead with a very large margin of 30kg/66lbs, it seemed that it was impossible to reach him. But Fedorenko thought completely different. Suslov finished the deadlift with 375kg/826lbs in the 3rd attempt. He totaled amazing result 1087.5kg/2397lbs. To win the gold medal Fedorenko needs to total the same because of less bodyweight. Yury lifted 390kg/860lbs in the sedond attempt. In order to catch up with Suslov, I ordered fantastic for that time weight – 405kg/893lbs. Probably no one could believe that Yury can do this but me and him. I saw in his eyes the confidence and determination to lift the weight and fight till the end. As the barbell went higher and higher, and with it audience was rising from their seats. When Yury successfully finished the movement the audience started to applaud standing. Yury Fedorenko became a Russian Champion. Also he won an overall men competition.
1st: Fedorenko 400-282.5-405, 1087.5 kg
2nd: Suslov 430-282.5-375, 1087,5kg