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20 Sep 2009: Host nation Norway won both the men's and women's team competitions at the 2009 Western European Championships. Luxembourg's Anibal Coimbra took the men's best lifter award, with a total of 955kg in the 100kg category. The women's award went to Hildeborg Hugdal from Norway, who totalled 677.5kg in the super-heavyweight division..
14 Sep 2009: Video streaming and live results from the 2009 Western European Championships will be available at wec2009.sandnesatletklubb.no.
14 Sep 2009: Jari Tähtinen has published a list of Western European Championships records.
12 Sep 2009: The referees duty list for the 2009 Western European Championships has been published.
24 Aug 2009: Maria Pia Moscianese, head of the EPF Women's Committee, has published an analysis of Women's Powerlifting Statistics 2000-2009.
18 Aug 2009: Press Release concerning Eleiko bench press racks.
11 Aug 2009: The Jul/Aug EPF newsletter has been published.
09 Aug 2009: EPF Press Release from the 2009 European Bench Press Championships.
07 Aug 2009: Results from the 2009 European Bench Press Championships.
05 Aug 2009: The EPF Disciplinary Committee has decided that Petr Theuser, from the Czech Powerlifting Federation, will be disqualified from the EPF Hall of Fame following a positive national doping test. Theuser was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. The EPF regrets that a famous lifter like Theuser does not respect fair play in our sport.
01 Aug 2009: The referees duty list for the 2009 European Bench Press Championships has been published.
21 Jul 2009: The EPF record registrar, Anatoliy Stetsenko, has created a new design for European record certificates, incorporating the new logo. When a lifter sets a new European record, a certificate will be emailed to their national federation. The federation should print the certificate in colour on quality paper and forward it to the record holder. Any lifter that set a record in 2008 and who has not yet received a certificate should contact Anatoliy (stet@ukr.net).
13 Jun 2009: Results from the 2009 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Pilsen.
13 Jun 2009: The EPF would like to clarify that the following proposals accepted at the EPF Congress in Ylitornio are effective from 01 January 2010: participation fee of 40 Euro, banquet fee of 25 Euro and the 50% support of the medal costs.
19 Jun 2009: The May/Jun EPF newsletter has been published.
13 Jun 2009: The EPF has published full results and issued an official press release from the 2009 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Jököping, Sweden. Russia won both the men's and women's team competitions, with a total of 15 gold medals from the 21 classes. The best lifter awards went to Yulia Medvedeva from Russia and Ukranian Vadym Dovganyuk.
10 Jun 2009: Live results and video streaming are available from the 2009 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sweden.
08 Jun 2009: A Referees Clinic will be held after the Technical Meeting at the European Junior Championships. All referees nominated for the championship are invited to take part.
22 May 2009: The 2009 EPF Congress Report has been published.
22 May 2009: Video coverage of every lift at the 2009 European Powerlifting Championships is available to watch at www.livestream.com/powerlifting2009.
20 May 2009: The EPF Constitution and Bylaws have been updated following the EPF Congress.
10 May 2009: Finland's Jari Martikainen totalled 1022.5kg to win gold in the men's superheavyweight category on the final day of the 2009 European Powerlifting Championships. Poland won the men's team competition and the Ukraine won the women's title. The men's and women's best lifter awards went to Poland's Jaroslaw Olech and Antoinetta Orsini from Italy.
08 May 2009: Ukrainian Ivan Freydun bench pressed a world record 291.5kg in the men's 100kg class on day three of the 2009 European Powerlifting Championships. Freydun's winning total of 1021.5kg currently ranks him second in the men's best lifter competition, behind Jaroslaw Olech. Italy's Antoinetta Orsini leads the women's competition, after totalling 575kg to take gold in the 67.5kg category.
06 May 2009: Poland's Jaroslaw Olech set new world record total of 882.5kg in the men's 75kg category on the first day of 2009 European Powerlifting Championships in Ylitornio, Finland.
05 May 2009: The new EPF logo was formally unveiled today at the EPF Congress, in Ylitornio, Finland.
01 May 2009: The 2009 European Powerlifting Championships will be broadcast live on the Internet, at www.ustream.tv/channel/ec09-powerlifting. Coverage starts on 6 May.
20 Apr 2009: The 2009 EPF Congress Agenda has been published.
07 Apr 2009: The Mar/Apr EPF newsletter has been published.
04 Apr 2009: An offical webpage for the 2009 European Powerlifting Championships has been created on the Aavasaksan Kisa website.
23 Mar 2009: Results from the Danube Cup.
14 Jan 2009: Jari Tähtinen has resigned as EPF Record Registrar. The EPF would like to thank him for his very accurate and conscientious work over many years. The new EPF Record Registrar is Anatoliy Stetsenko from the Ukraine. His contact details are posted on the records page.
05 Jan 2009: The EPF Law and Legislation Committee has updated the EPF Constitution and Bylaws.
23 Dec 2008: "Thanks to lifters and officials for making 2008 a good year for European powerlifting! The EPF Executive members send their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!" Arnulf Wahlstrøm, EPF President.
19 Dec 2008: The Promoter's Contract for organisers of EPF Championships has been updated.
02 Dec 2008: The Nov/Dec EPF newsletter has been published. The EPF European lifters of the year for 2008 are Gundola Bachhaus from Germany and Jaroslaw Olech from Poland. Olech has won this prestigious award a record seven times.
21 Oct 2008: The EPF President, Arnulf Wahlstrøm, has changed his email address to arnwah@online.no.
06 Oct 2008: The official website for the 2009 European Junior Championships has been launched. The competition is being held from 9 to 13 Jun in Jönköping, Sweden.
22 Sep 2008: "In agreement with BWLA a new federation has been established in Great Britain to organize powerlifting. The name of the new federation is Great Britain Powerlifting and includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The President is Ralph Farquharson and Arthur Hoey the General Secretary and the federation is active from 1 January 2009. EPF has granted the new federation provisional membership. IPF membership will be on the agenda at the Congress in Canada . The GBPF will also within short apply for acceptance by the UK Sport and Sport of England. EPF welcomes the new federation and believe that a separation between powerlifting and weightlifting in Great Britain will benefit both sports."
Arnulf Wahlstrøm, EPF President.
22 Sep 2008: Klaus Jensen, has added pictures from the 2008 Western European Championships to the competiton website.
19 Sep 2008: Results from the 2008 Western European Championships in Herning, Denmark.
16 Sep 2008: The Sep/Oct EPF newsletter has been published.
09 Sep 2008: A referees clinic will be held at the Western European Championships immediately after the technical meeting on Thursday 18 September.
02 Sep 2008: The suspension of the Russian Powerlifting Federation came to an end on 31 Aug. read more...
07 Aug 2008: Results from the European Bench Press Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
07 Jul 2008: Results from the European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Hamm, Luxembourg.
01 Jul 2008: EPF Press Release reporting on the 2008 IPF World Bench Press Championships.
14 Jun 2008: Results from the 2008 European Junior Championships in Mariupol, Ukraine.
28 May 2008: Following the 2008 Congress, the EPF has issued a revised constitution and bylaws.
19 May 2008: The official minutes from the 2008 EPF Congress have been published.
14 May 2008: Ralph Farquharson from Great Britain was elected new EPF Vice-President at the Congress in Frydek-Mistek and Myriam Busselot from Belgium new chairman of the Technical Committee. The new election of these two offices was necessary due to the illness of Joachim Lehmann, who was elected chairman of the Technical Committee at the Congress in 2007.
06 May 2008: 2008 European Powerlifting Championships.
06 Apr 2008: The 2008 EPF Congress Report has been published.
12 Mar 2008: The Mar/Apr EPF newsletter has been published.
09 Mar 2008: Ielja Strik from the Netherlands and Denmark's Anton Kraft and both set world records at the 2008 Arnold Classic, in Columbus, Ohio. Strik lifted 182.5kg in the women's 90kg category and Kraft bench press 190kg in the men's 56kg class. Ranked by Wilks points, Strik finished third overall in the women's competition and Kraft was fourth in the men's lightweight division. Germany's Gundula v Bachhaus was Europe's highest placed lifter, finishing second in the women's competition.
22 Feb 2008: Ielja Strik NED, Gundula v Bachhaus GER, Joanne Schaefer NED, Jan Bast GER, Marcus Hirvonen SWE, Anton Kraft DEN, Markus Schick GER, Frederick Svensson SWE, Johnny Wahlqvist SWE and Jan Wegiera POL will be representing Europe in the International Pro Bench Press event at the Arnold Sports Festival on 2 Mar 2008. The festival is held annually in Columbus, Ohio, and is the largest multi-sport event in the USA. read more...
20 Feb 2008:Following the positive ouf-of-competition test of a Russian lifter, the IPF has suspended the Russian Powerlifting Federation from regional and international competition for the period 21 Oct 2007 to 30 Aug 2008. read more...
17 Feb 2008:The 2008 EPF Congress will take place on 5 May in Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic. Proposals and amendments to the EPF Constitution and the Bylaws must be received by the EPF General Secretary by 7 March. The election of the EPF Technical Secretary will take place at the Congress. Candidates must be forwarded to the EPF General Secretary by 9 March.
27 Jan 2008: World Champion Anton Kraft was the outstanding athlete at the 2008 ER Equipment Bench Press Championships in Randers, Denmark. Lifting in the men's 56kg category, Kraft bench pressed 190kg - 4kg more than the official world record. Susse Hougaard won the women's best lifter award, with 107.5kg in the 56kg class.
09 Jan 2008: The 2007 EPF lifter of the year titles have been awarded to Ielja Strik from the Netherlands and Poland's Jaroslaw Olech.
08 Jan 2008: The EPF has created a handbook to provide guidance for the organizers of EPF Championships.
07 Jan 2008: The Jan/Feb EPF newsletter has been published.
06 Jan 2008: The EPF has introduced an "Award of Merit" to recognise those people that have made an outstanding contribution to the development of powerlifting at a national level. Recipients are presented with a diploma and a medal. National Federations can order the awards using the official application form.
22 Dec 2007: "Thanks to lifters and officials for making 2007 a good year for European powerlifting! The EPF Executive members send their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!"
19 Dec 2007: The 2008 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Zlin, Czech Republic will now be held from 23 to 25 October.
13 Dec 2007: The date for the ER Equipment Bench Press Championships in Randers, Denmark has been changed. The competition will now be held on Fri 25 and Sat 26 Jan 2008. For further information please contact Erik Rasmussen (mail@er-equipment.dk).
29 Nov 2007: German athletes won an incredible 18 gold medals at the 2007 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Zlin, Czech Republic. However, the outstanding performances of the competition came from the Czech Republic's Hana Takacova and Austria's Siegfried Steinmair, who both set masters world records. Takacova benched 142.5kg in the women's over-50 90kg class, and Steinmair lifted 287.5kg to in the men's over-40 110kg category.
09 Nov 2007: The Sep/Oct 2007 EPF newsletter has been published.
25 Oct 2007: "At the IPF Congress in Sölden, Norbert Wallauch stepped-down after 8 years in office and was replaced as IPF President by the former IPF General Secretary, Detlev Albrings, from Germany. Wallauch was honoured for his long contribution by the Hall of Fame award and received a standing ovation from the Congress delegates. Emanuel Scheiber from Austria was elected new IPF General Secretary. Gaston Parage from Luxembourg was re-elected Treasurer and Arnulf Wahlstrøm from Norway continues as IPF board member representing the European Region. New IPF Commissions were established for Women, Coaches and Athletes. In addition, the IPF Congress voted down by 2/3 majority the proposal to eliminate the Bench Press shirt." Arnulf Wahlstrøm, EPF President.
21 Oct 2007: European lifters dominated the 2007 IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Austria, winning 16 out of the 19 categories. read more...
21 Sep 2007: Results from the 2007 Western European Championships.
30 Aug 2007: The EPF General Secretary, Dietmar Wolf, has changed his postal address to: Börkesvevegen 57, 2380 Brumunddal, Norway.
29 Aug 2007: The Jul/Aug 2007 EPF newsletter has been published.
28 Aug: "Unfortunately Joachim Lehman from Germany has withdrawn as Technical Chairman due to failing health. He has been in hospital several times since the EPF Congress in May and he now has to use his energy to recover his health. Myriam Busselot from Belgium is appointed to take on the duty as chairman of the Technical Committee besides her work as EPF Vice President. A new chairman will be elected at the EPF Congress 2008." Arnulf Wahlstrøm, EPF President.
27 Aug: Poland won the men's and women's team competitions at the 2007 European Bench Press Championships in Rödby, Denmark. Finnish super-heavyweight Ove Lehto claimed the men's best lifter award, with a lift of 315kg. The women's best lifter award went to Sweden's Anna Olsson, who benched 130kg in the 52kg class.
19 Aug 2007: The latest IPF Technical News Bulletin highlights important issues regarding the bench press lock-out and the use of heel inserts in shoes/boots.
06 Aug 2007: The IPF has ruled that the WADA Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) process can be applied to lifters unable to achieve "full extension" of elbows despite being fully "locked out" in the bench press. If the arms cannot be fully extended, lifters are required to complete the Impairmant Application Form, which must be submitted to the IPF medical committee.
18 Jul 2007: Robert Wilks has issued a statement on behalf of the IPF regarding the status of the Russian and Ukrainian Powerlifting Federations. read more...
17 Jul 2007: All IPF referees are required to re-register for the period 2008-2011, using the re-registration form. The national federations must submit completed forms to the IPF Referee Registrar, Göran Gunnarsson.
10 Jul 2007: Fourteen European lifters have been invited to take part in the International Pro Bench Press and International Pro Deadlift competitions at the 2008 Arnold Sports Festival. The festival is held annually in Columbus, Ohio, and is the largest multi-sport event in the USA.
Bench Press Women: Anna Olson SWE, Gundula v Bachhaus GER. Bench Press Men: Markus Schick GER, Jan Bast GER, Anton Kraft DEN, Kenneth Sandvik FIN, Frederick Svensson SWE, Johnny Wahlqvist SWE, Ove Lehto FIN. Deadlift Men: Andreas Hjelmtveit NOR, Anibal Coimbra LUX, Daniele Ghirardi ITA, Hristo Hristov BUL, Janne Salmela SWE.
06 Jul 2007: "Finally the suspension of the Russian and Ukrainian Powerlifting Federations has come to an end, and they will be back from the 1st of September 2007. They will be on probation to the 31st of December 2008. If just one lifter is found positive at Regional or International meet or by the OCT-tests carried out by the IPF, they will then immediately be suspended for a period one year. Both federations must also enforce their Anti-Doping program including OCT-tests of their international lifters and they must send the results from their Anti-Doping program to the IPF General Secretary. On behalf of The EPF I welcome them back." Anton Kraft, EPF Media Officer.
05 Jul 2007: Anton Kraft from Denmark has been appointed as the new EPF Media Officer. Anton won the men's 56kg category 56 kg at the World Benchpress Championships in Denmark this year. He has experience with the national and international press and contacts within Eurosport. His main duties will be to establish media links and promote the European Championships in the press, on radio and on television. Anton welcomes your support and can be contacted by email (anton@antonkraft.com).
04 Jul 2007: Results from the 2007 European Masters Powerlifting Championships.
16 Jun 2007: Sweden's Magnus Önerud totalled 887.5kg in the 100kg class to take the men's best lifter award at the 2007 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The women's award went to Pavla Kladivova, from the Czech Republic, who lifter 462.5kg in the 67.5kg category. Bulgaria and Poland won the men's and women's team competitions respectively.
12 Jun 2007: Results from the 2007 European Junior Powerlifting Championships.
09 Jun 2007: Following her election to the EPF Hall of Fame, Antonietta Orsini has written a brief memoir, thanking the people and organisations that have helped her in her powerlifting career.
08 Jun 2007: The 2007 EPF Congress minutes and May/Jun EPF newsletter have been published.
02 Jun 2007: Lifters and officials travelling to the 2007 European Junior Powerlifting Championships are advised that US President George Bush will be visiting Sofia on 11 Jun. The increased security associated with his visit may cause delays at the airport.
27 May 2007: The provisional timetable for the 2007 European Junior Powerlifting Championships has been revised.
26 May 2007: Following the 2007 Congress, the EPF has issued an updated constitution and bylaws.
18 May 2007: Myriam Busselot was elected EPF vice-president at the 2007 EPF Congress. Joachim Lehmann, Sandro Rossi and Tone Ingebretsen were also elected EPF officers, as chairmen of the technical, law & legislation and women's committees respectively.
12 May 2007:Norway and Finland shared the honours on the final day of the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships, in Koscian, Poland. Asnjorn Randen from Norway won the men's 125kg title with a 1010kg total and Finland's Ove Lehto lifted 1070kg to claim the men's super-heavyweight crown. Poland finished top of the men's team rankings and Finland won the women's team competition. The best lifter awards went to Poland's Jarolsaw Olech and Antonietta Orsini from Italy.
11 May 2007:The Dutch team won two out of four categories on the penultimate day of the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships, in Koscian, Poland. Ielja Strik totalled 647.5kg to take gold in the women's 90kg class, and Joanne Schaefer-Williams claimed the women's super-heavyweight category with 642.5kg. Luxembourg's Anibal Coimbra and Poland's Jacek Wiak tied on 925kg in the men's 100kg class, with Coimbra taking the gold by virtue of lighter bodyweight. The men's 110kg title went to Hristrov Ivalio from Bulgaria, who totalled 982.5kg.
10 May 2007: It was Norway's turn to shine on the third day of the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships, with two gold medals in the women's competition. Inger Blikra set a masters world record total of 575kg to claim the 82.5kg title and Ingunn Haakonsen won the 75kg class with 522.5kg. Poland's Jan Wegiera totalled 837.5kg for victory in the men's 82.5kg category. The men's 90kg crown went to Andrew Ivanets from Belarus, who lifted 847.5kg.
09 May 2007: Poland's Jaroslaw Olech was the star of the second day of the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships, setting a European squat record of 340kg and totalling an impressive 845kg to win the men's 75kg category. The men's 67.5kg title went to Hassan El Beghitti from France, who lifted 722.5kg. Finland's success in the women's competition continued, with Viripi Kehanen totalling 460kg to take gold in the 56kg class. Germany's Gundola von Bachhaus claimed the 60kg crown with 510kg and Antonietta Orsini from Italy lifted 555kg to secure victory in the 67.5kg category.
08 May 2007: Finland claimed two gold medals on the first day of the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships in Koscian, Poland. Veteran Raija Koskinen totalled 417.5kg to take the women's 48kg title and Hanna Rantala won the 52kg category with 437.5kg. In the men's competition, Poland's Dariuz Wsola gave the host-nation the perfect start, lifting 620kg to win the 56kg class. Only two lifters managed to make a total in the 60kg category and Slovakian Erik Bacinsky's 607.5kg was good enough for gold.
02 May 2007: The hotel prices for the 2007 European Powerlifting Championships have been reduced.
18 Apr 2007: The Mar/Apr 2007 EPF newsletter has been published.
08 Apr 2007: The 2007 EPF Congress Agenda is available for download.
19 Mar 2007: Results from the 2007 Danube Cup.
05 Feb 2007: The Jan/Feb 2007 EPF newsletter has been published.

31 Jan 2007: "Vic Mercer from Great Britain died on 28th January 2007, one day after his 87th birthday. In the 1980s, Vic played an important part in developing powerlifting into a popular sport world wide. He was an excellent administrator and he was both IPF and EPF president from 1982 to 1988. The first EPF Constitution and By-laws was part of his work and this important document was accepted at the EPF Congress in 1987. From that Congress, EPF became an independent organisation with a structure like we have today. Vic also hosted big international and national championships in Great Britain with great success. I had the pleasure to join Vic in the IPF Executive committee from 1983 to 1987 and I remember him as strong-willed person clever to find solutions and compromises on problems that easily arises in the sport. He was a likeable person - friendly to his friends but hard to his opponents. EPF owe Vic Mercer a big thank you for all what he did for European and world wide powerlifting. We will remember him as one of the greatest leaders and administrators in our sport! Thank you, Vic – and rest in peace!" Arnulf Wahlstrom, EPF President.

10 Jan 2007: The EPF President, Arnulf Wahlstrøm, has compiled a brief history of EPF officials.

09 Jan 2007: The IPF/EPF record claim form has been updated. All record applications must be made using the new form.

22 Dec 2006: "Thanks to lifters and officials for making 2006 a good year for European powerlifting! We will soon start a new year with new challenges and new possibilities for European powerlifting and together we are a strong team to make 2007 a successful year. The EPF Executive members send their best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!" Arnulf Wahlstrøm, EPF President.

16 Dec 2006: Meet Director Tommy Knudsen has created an official website (www.benchpress.dk) for the 2007 European Bench Press Championships.
15 Dec 2006: The Nov/Dec 2006 EPF newsletter and updated EPF Consitution and Bylaws have been published.
13 Nov 2006: Poland and the USA won the men's and women's team competitions respectively at the 2006 IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Stavanger, Norway. The men's best lifter award went to Poland's Jaroslaw Olech, who totalled 815kg in the 67.5kg class. Priscilla Ribic from the USA won the women's best lifter title, with a total of 610kg in the 67.5kg category.
19 Oct 2006: The Sep/Oct 2006 EPF newsletter has been published.
25 Sep 2006: Results from the 2006 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic.
16 Aug 2006: The Jul/Aug 2006 EPF newsletter has been published.
15 Aug 2006: Despite the absence of the Russian and Ukrainian teams, the 2006 European Bench Press Championships were very competitive, with gold medallists from nine different nations. Ielja Strik from the Netherlands won the women's best lifter award, benching 175kg in the 90kg class. Super-heavyweight Ove Lehto from Finland benched 325kg to win the men's best lifter title. Host nation France won the women's team competition and Poland won the men's.
24 Jul 2006: Great Britain and the Netherlands won the men's and women's team title respectively at the 2006 Western European Championships in Luxembourg. Ielja Strik from the Netherland set a bench press world record of 182.5kg in the 90kg class, and totalled 652.5kg to win the women's best lifter award. Luxembourg's Anibal Coimbra was the best lifter in the men's competition, with a total of 952.5kg in the 100kg category.
21 Jul 2006: The technical meeting for the 2006 European Bench Press Championships will be held at 2000 on Thu 10 Aug in the Kyriad Hotel, Bordeaux.
07 Jul 2006: Results from the 2006 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
03 Jul 2006: Lifters and officials are asked to note the changes in the timetable for the 2006 European Masters Powerlifting Championships.
15 Jun 2006: Results from the 2006 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
14 Jun 2006: The May/Jun 2006 EPF newsletter has been published.
13 Jun 2006: The women's 67.5kg class will now be held on Friday instead of Saturday at the 2006 Western European Championships.
05 Jun 2006: Lifters and officials are asked to note the changes in the timetable for the 2006 European Junior Powerlifting Championships.
28 May 2006: Pictures from the 2006 European Powerlifting Championships.
21 May 2006: Arnulf Wahlstrøm's reports that the EPF Committee held a meeting at during the European Championships in Prostejov to discuss several championships related issues. A decision was made to move the 2006 Masters Bench Press Championships from Ukraine to Frydek Mistek in the Czech Republic, due to the inability of the Ukrainian Federation to supply suitable equipment in the warm-up room. From 2007, the EPF will establish a development fund to help championships organisers provide approved equipment, both on the platform and in the warm-up area. The EPF Committee also agreed that at future European Championships, the organisers will be required to provide a Marshall in the warming up room to control the number of coaches/supporters. In addition, hotel costs must be paid by credit cards or bank transfer only. If medals from lifters disqualified for doping are not returned within the required time, the EPF will produce replacement medals and the national federation that failed to return the original medals will be fined.
20 May 2006: The EPF Congress took part in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 9 May with delegates from 14 national federations present. Inger Blikra from Norway and Petr Theuser from Czech Republic were both elected to EPF Hall of Fame. Full details of the congress proceedings can be found in Arnulf Wahlstrøm's report.
15 May 2006: Russia won the men's and women's team competitions at the 2006 European Powerlifting Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic. Russian lifters also claimed both the "champion of champions" trophies. Irini Poletaeva won the women's award, with a 582.5kg total in the 67.5kg category. The men's award went to Andrey Belyaev, who set a world record total of 980kg in the 90kg class.
10 May 2006: Results from the 2006 European Powerlifting Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
10 Apr 2006: The Mar/Apr 2006 EPF newsletter has been published.
09 Apr 2006: The 2006 EPF Congress Agenda and updated EPF Constitution and Bylaws are available for download.
01 Apr 2006: Prior to the Annual Congress on 9 May in Prostejov, the EPF Executive will appoint organisers for the various 2009 European championships. Federations wishing to bid for any of the championships should send their completed application forms to the EPF General Secretary, Dietmar Wolf. Bids are also invited for the 2008 European Masters, and 2007 and 2008 Western European Championships.
16 Feb 2006: The Jan/Feb 2006 EPF newsletter has been published.
12 Jan 2006: Marina Kudinova and Ravil Kazakov have been elected 2005 European Lifters of the Year by the EPF Executive Committee.
30 Dec 2005: The Nov/Dec 2005 EPF newsletter has been published.
24 Dec 2005: The EPF President and Executive Committee wish all powerlifters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
1 Dec 2005: After failing to pay the EPF membership fees in 2004 and 2005, the Latvian Powerlifting Federation is suspended from the EPF. No lifters from this federation can participate in European or World championships until the outstanding payment is made. According to EPF Bylaw 103.10, the following national federations also face suspension from the EPF from 1 January 2006, due to lack of membership payments: Armenia, Greece, Israel, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Slovenia.
28 Nov 2005: Yulia Zaugolova from Russia totalled a world record 670kg in the 75kg class to win the best lifter award at the 2005 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Oroshaza, Hungary. Zaugolova also broke the world record in the squat, with 260kg. In the 82.kg category, Russia's Svetlana Dedyulya made history by becoming the first woman to bench press 200kg. Russia won the team competition, ahead of the Ukraine and Finland.
26 Nov 2005: Results from the 2005 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Oroshaza, Hungary.
14 Nov 2005: European lifters won ten out of the eleven categories at the 2005 Men's World Powerlifting Championships in Miami, Florida. Russia claimed the team title but the best lifter award went to Indonesia's Darimin Sutrisno, who totalled a world record 742.5kg in the 60kg class. Ukrainian Ivan Freydun, who finished second overall behind Sutrisno, lifted a combined total of 1037.5kg in the 100kg category, beating the legendary Ed Coan's world record which has stood since 1994.
07 Oct 2005: The Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct 2005 EPF newsletter has been published.
26 Sep 2005: Russia won the women's team competition and Hungary claimed the men's title at the 2005 European Bench Press Championships in Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary. Sweden's Anna Olsson won the women's best lifter award, after setting a new world record of 127.5kg in the 52kg class. The men's best lifter title went to Hungarian Bela Kathi, who tied on 337.5kg with Finland's Kenneth Sandvik in the super-heavyweight category, but won gold by virtue of his lighter bodyweight.
24 Sep 2005: Results from the 2005 European Bench Press Championships in Mosonmagyarovar, Hungary.
23 Aug 2005: The EPF is now officially listed in the National Registry of Norway. This has been a long procedure, requiring translation of the EPF Constitution, By-laws, Congress Minutes etc into Norwegian. The registration certifies the EPF as an official international organisation, and the EPF's unique registration number may now be used when negotiating contracts with governments, television companies, sponsors etc, and for civil law cases.
05 Aug 2005: Results from the 2005 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Beroun, Czech Republic.
31 Jul 2005: All competitors are asked to note the changes in the timetable for the 2005 European Masters Bench Press Championships
24 Jul 2005: Results from the final day of the 2005 Western European Cup in Igualada, Spain. Great Britain won the men's team competition, and Spain took the women's title.
23 Jul 2005: Results from the day one of the 2005 Western European Cup in Igualada, Spain.
20 Jul 2005: European lifters dominated the 2005 World Games in Germany last weekend, winning all six powerlifting gold medals.
10 Jul 2005: Results from the final day of the 2005 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia.
09 Jul 2005: Results from the third day of the 2005 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia.
08 Jul 2005: Results from the second day of the 2005 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia.
07 Jul 2005: Results from day one of the 2005 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia.
02 Jul 2005: The updated EPF constitution and bylaws are available for download. Member Federations are asked to note the revised EPF subcription and fees detailed in section 103.2.
19 Jun 2005: Russia won the men's and women's team competitions at the 2005 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Mariupol, Ukraine. However, the best lifter awards both went to Ukrainian athletes. Tetyana Skrypka claimed the women's award, after totalling 597.5kg in the 67.5kg class and setting a new world junior record of 148kg in the bench press. The men's award went to Yevgen Yarymbash, who bench pressed 320kg and totalled 1075kg to set new world junior records in the super-heavyweight division.
09 Jun 2005: The May/Jun 2005 EPF newsletter has been published.
04 Jun 2005: Arnulf Wahlstrøm's 2005 EPF Congress Report is available for download.
29 May 2005: Russian Galina Karpova set a world record total of 735kg to win the super-heavyweight category on the final day of the 2005 Women's World Powerlifting Championships in Ylitornio, Finland. The best lifter award went to Russia's Marina Kudinova and Russia also won the team championships.
26 May 2005: Arnulf Wahlstrøm, the EPF president, has published a summary of the 2005 EPF Congress.
22 May 2005: Clive Henry won gold for Great Britain in the 125kg class with a total of 1022.5kg on the final day of the 2005 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. The super-heavyweight title went to Russia's Vladimir Bondarenko, who totalled 1102.5kg to break Lars Norén's 17-year-old European record. The best lifter award went to Sergey Fedosienko and Russia won the team competition.
21 May 2005: Russia claimed both gold medals on day three of the 2005 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Maxim Barkhatov won the 100kg class, with a combined total of 1005kg. The 110kg title went to Nikolay Suslov, who totalled 1055kg to increase his own world record by 22.5kg.
21 May 2005: Russia's Sergey Bogdanov totalled 877.5kg to win the 82.5kg category on day two of the 2005 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Bogdanov set a junior bench press world record of 247.5kg, and silver medallist Jan Wegiera from Poland broke the senior mark with 255kg. The 90kg title went to Ukrainian Sergiy Romanenko, who squatted a European record 372.5kg and lifted a combined total of 922.5kg.
20 May 2005: Russia and Poland shared the spoils on day one of the 2005 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Hamm, Luxembourg. Russian junior Sergey Fedosienko won the men's 52kg title, and became the first man to total thirteen-times bodyweight with a world record 680kg. Fedosienko also set a deadlift world record of 256.5kg on a fourth attempt. The 56kg gold went to Russia's Konstantin Pavlov, who bench pressed a world record 190kg and totalled 647.5kg. Russian Ayrat Zakiev won the 60kg category with a 710kg total, and also benched a world record 210kg. Poland's Jaroslaw Olech totalled 805kg in the 67.5kg category, winning his eighth successive European title. In the 75kg class, Russia's Dmitriy Dvornikov and Poland's Jacek Spychala agreed to share the gold after both totalling 802.5kg.
22 Apr 2005: The IPF/EPF anti-doping consent form has been revised. Lifters at next month's Men's European Championships, and all subsequent EPF events, must present a signed copy of the updated form at the weigh-in.
19 Apr 2005: The 2005 EPF congress agenda and constitution and bylaws are available for download. Delegates are asked to bring copies of the documents with them to congress.
06 Apr 2005: The Mar/Apr 2005 EPF newsletter has been published.
31 Mar 2005: Highlights from the 2004 Men's World Powerlifting Championships are been televised on Eurosport at 2100 CET on Fri 1 Apr 2005.
22 Mar 2005: Results from the 2005 Danube Cup.
18 Mar 2005: Results from the 2005 Ukrainian Powerlifting Championships.
13 Feb 2005: The Jan/Feb 2005 EPF newsletter has been published.
22 Jan 2005: The venue for the 2005 European Masters Powerlifting Championships has been changed from Milan, Italy to Trencin, Slovakia.
21 Jan 2005: The Dutch Powerlifting Federation is no longer able to host the 2006 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. The EPF invites new bids from national federations that would like to organise the event.
27 Dec 2004: The IPF has issued the preliminary nomination list for the 2005 World Games. European federations with nominated lifters or reserves must confirm by 5 January if they accept the nomination of their athletes or not.
27 Dec 2004: The Nov/Dec 2004 EPF newsletter is now available for download.
06 Dec 2004: Hungary's Laszlo Meszaros set a world record of 320kg in the men's 125kg division and won the best lifter award at the 2004 World Bench Press Championships in Cleveland, USA. The women's best lifter award went to Tamara Althaus from Germany, who increased her own world record to 138.5kg in the 56kg category. Japan and the USA won the men's and women's team competitions respectively.
29 Nov 2004: Russian Galina Karpova won gold in the super-heavyweight division and squatted a world record 290.5kg, the biggest weight ever lifter by a woman, on the final day of the 2004 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia. Russia finished top of the team classification, after winning six of the ten weight categories. The championships' best lifter award went to Larysa Vitsyevska from the Ukraine.
28 Nov 2004: Ukrainian Larysa Vitsyevska broke the total world record twice, with 575kg and then 582.5kg, to take gold in the 60kg class on day two of the 2004 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia. Vitsyevska b
27 Nov 2004: Finland's Raija Koskinen set a masters (o40) world record total of 400kg to win the 44kg class on day one of the 2004 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia. Russian Olesya Lafina bench pressed a world record 125kg in the 52kg category, but still had to settle for silver behind the Ukrainian's Olena Dmytruk, who lifted a combined total 485kg.
14 Nov 2004: European lifters took gold in nine out of the eleven categories at the 2004 Men's World Powerlifting Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Russia won the team title, with the Ukraine and the USA finishing second and third respectively. Russian Sergey Fedosienko took the best lifter award after setting a new world record of 665kg in the 52kg category. However, Fedosienko's performance was eclipsed by super-heavyweight winner Brian Siders from the USA, who smashed the total world record with an incredible 1147.5kg.
13 Nov 2004: A live video stream from the 2004 Men's World Powerlifting Championships in South Africa can be accessed via the IPF website.
05 Nov 2004: Due to difficulties in finding a suitable venue, the date for the 2005 European Senior Bench Press Championships has now been changed to the 22-25 September.
19 Oct 2004: The date for the 2005 European Senior Bench Press Championships has been changed from 1-4 September to the 25-28 August.
20 Sep 2004: The Jul/Oct 2004 EPF newsletter is now available for download.
30 Aug 2004: Russia's Vladimir Volkov won the men's M1 (o40) best lifter award after setting a world masters record of 262.5kg in the 100kg class on the final day of the 2004 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Luxembourg. The men's M2 (o50) best lifter title went to Claude Sitruk from France, who bench pressed a world masters record 177kg in the 67.5kg category. Denmark's Hanna Svahn took the women's M1 (o40) best lifter trophy with a 97.5kg bench in the 52kg class.
28 Aug 2004: France's Claude Sitruk set a world masters record of 177kg to win the men's M2 (o50) 67.5kg category on the second day of the 2004 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Luxembourg.
27 Aug 2004: Hanna Takacova from the Czech Republic won the women's M2 (o50) best lifter award and set a new world masters record of 130kg in the 82.5kg class on day one of the 2004 European Masters Bench Press Championships in Luxembourg. The men's M3 (o60) best lifter title went to Finland's Christer Nylund, who set a masters world record of 200.5kg in the 125kg category.
25 Aug 2004: The 2004 Deadlift Cup, which was due to be held in Frankfurt on 18 Sep, has been cancelled due to a lack of entries.
11 Aug 2004: There are two minor timetable alterations for the 2004 European Masters Bench Press Championships - the M1 Women 44kg to 67.5kg group will now start at 1300 on Fri 27 Aug and the M2 Men 100kg to 125+kg group will start at 1200 on Sun 29 Aug.
08 Aug 2004: Kenneth Sandvik from Finland benched 315kg to win the men's superheavyweight category on the final day of the 2004 European Bench Press Championships in Vrsac. Sandvik also claimed the men's best lifter title, ahead of Russian Alexei Vorobyev, who set a new world record of 263.5kg in the 90kg class. Russia won the men's team competition.
08 Aug 2004: Results from day two of the 2004 European Bench Press Championships in Vrsac.
07 Aug 2004: Lifting in the women's 52kg category, Sweden's Anna Olsson set a new world record of 122.5kg on day one of the 2004 European Bench Press Championships in Vrsac. The women's best lifter award went to Yulia Zhylskaya from Belarus, who lifted 145kg to win the 67.5kg category, and Russia took the team title.
30 Jul 2004: A new athletes section has been added to the EPF website, providing detailed profiles of European powerlifters.
24 Jul 2004: Great Britain and Norway won the men's and women's team competitions respectively at the 2004 Western European Cup. Norway's Inger Blikra took the women's best lifter award, with a total of 557.5kg in the 75kg category. The men's best lifter award went to Luxembourg's Anibal Coimbra, who totalled 905kg in the 100kg class.
22 Jul 2004: The Norwegian Powerlifting Federation will be broadcasting the 2004 Western European Cup live on the web at www.styrkeloft.no/2004/wecstream.html from 1700 CET on Fri 23 Jul and from 1400 CET on Sat 24 Jul..
19 Jul 2004: The EPF is pleased to report that all 18 lifters that were subject to doping control at the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships tested negative.
18 Jul 2004: The 2004 European Bench Press Championships timetable has been altered - due to a limited number of referees, there will now be three rather than four sessions on the Friday.
12 Jul 2004: Poland's Ryszard Wszola totalled 900kg in the men's 125kg class to take the o40 best lifter award on the final day of the 2004 European Masters Powerlifting Championships
10 Jul 2004: Results from day three of the 2004 European Masters Powerlifting Championships
09 Jul 2004: Results from day two of the 2004 European Masters Powerlifting Championships
08 Jul 2004: Jackie Blasbery from Great Britain won the women's o40 best lifter award on the first day of the 2004 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. The women's o50 best lifter award went to the Netherland's Aly Keizer, who also set a new masters bench press world record of 92.5kg in the 60kg category.
04 Jul 2004: The internet ranking list has been upgraded and transferred to a new website called Athlete ID. All powerlifters are invited to register on the new site, which provides an online database to record personal profiles and competition results.
03 Jul 2004: The provisional timetable for the 2004 Western European Cup has been altered. The women's competition will now be held on Fri 23 July. The men's competition and the banquet will be held on Sat 24 July.
30 Jun 2004: Clive Henry set a new European squat record of 430kg and totalled 1027.5kg in the men's 125kg category at the 2004 British Powerlifting Championships in Birmingham on Sunday.
20 Jun 2004: Russia won three out the four classes to secure the men's team title on the final day of the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ivan Shlyakhta from the Ukraine took the men's best lifter award.
20 Jun 2004: Ukrainian Ivan Shlyakhta lifted a combined total of 967.5kg in the men's 90kg category to set a senior world record on day three of the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
19 Jun 2004: Russian athletes won all five categories on the second day of the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The most notable peformance came from Dmitriy Dvornikov, who totalled 825kg to set a new junior world record in the men's 75kg class. Dvornikov also broke the world junior record in the squat and bench press, with 325kg and 205kg respectively.
18 Jun 2004: Russia won the women's team competition on day one of the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The best lifter award also went to a Russian athlete, with Kira Pavlovskaya taking the trophy after totalling 492.5kg in the 56kg category.
11 Jun 2004: The Prague doping-control laboratory has reported that all 18 samples taken from lifters at the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships were negative.
03 Jun 2004: The May/Jun 2004 EPF newsletter is now available for download.
27 May 2004: Arnulf Wahlstrøm, the EPF President, has published his 2004 Congress Report. Congress appointed Ralph Farquharson from Great Britain as the new EPF General Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive Committee elected Belgium's Myriam Busselot to the EPF Hall of Fame.
24 May 2004: Finland's Kenneth Sandvik set a new world and European record of 320.5kg in the men's super-heavyweight class at the SFI Bench Press Championships in Tammisaari on Saturday.
19 May 2004: A selection of photographs from the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships have been posted on the pictures page.
16 May 2004: Hungary's István Arvai won the 125kg class with a world record total of 1070kg on the final day of the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Arvai also broke Lars Norén's 17-year-old deadlift world record with 390kg and bronze-medallist Ove Lehto, from Finland, increased the European benchpress record to 292.5kg. In the super-heavyweight category, Hungary's Tibor Meszaros set a world record in the deadlift with 408kg, but the gold medal went to Kenneth Tallqvist from Finland, who totalled 1055kg. The championships best lifter award went to Sergey Fedosienko and Russia won the team competition.
15 May 2004: Russia picked up two more gold medals on day three of the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Maxim Barkhatov won the 100kg class, setting a new world record of 267.5kg in the bench press and totalling 1007.5kg for a new European record. Niklolay Suslov claimed the 110kg title, with a combined total of 985kg.
14 May 2004: Russian lifters took gold in both the 82.5kg and the 90kg classes on the second day of the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Viktor Furazhkin won the 82.5kg category after equalling the European record total of 885kg. The 90kg title went to Andrey Tarasenko, who totalled 945kg and set a new world record in the bench press with 260.5kg.
13 May 2004: Russia's Sergey Fedosienko totalled 655kg to set a new world record in the men's 52kg class on day one of the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Nymburk, Czech Republic. Fedosienko also broke his own European record in the deadlift, with 240kg. Russian success continued with Konstantin Pavlov and Mikhael Anrdyukhin taking gold in the 56kg and 60kg classess respectively. Poland's Jaroslaw Olech won the 67.5kg category and the 75kg title went to Oleksandr Borysov from the Ukraine.
07 May 2004: As part of the IPF's preparations for Olympic recognition, all EPF member federations have been sent a brief questionnaire that must be returned to the EPF President, Arnulf Wahlstrøm, by 20 May.
29 Apr 2004: The provisional timetable for the 2004 Men's European Powerlifting Championships has been changed to reflect the number of entries in each of the bodyweight categories.
26 Apr 2004: The fax number for the Christo Meranzov, the Meet Director fo the 2004 European Junior Powerlifting Championships, has changed to +359-2-988-0465.
14 Apr 2004: The Mar/Apr 2004 EPF newsletter and 2004 EPF Congress agenda are now available for download.
02 Apr 2004: The EPF records have been converted to a database format, allowing users to easily view the latest updates and track record progression.
25 Mar 2004: Pictures taken by Danish photographer Lene Esthave at the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships have won second prize in the portraits category of the World Press Photo competition.
23 Mar 2004: The Ukraine won both the men's and women's team competitions at the 2004 Danube Cup. Austria's Gerhard Grossbeck totalled 760kg in the 82.5kg category to take the men's best lifter title. Ukrainian Mariya Chepil won the women's best lifter award with a Danube Cup record total of 452.5kg in the 56kg class.
16 Mar 2004: Results from the 2004 Ukrainian and Russian National Powerlifting Championships.
12 Mar 2004: The organisers of the 2004 European Bench Press Championships have notified the EPF that the hotel prices quoted in the championships invitation are per person per night, not per room per night.
09 Mar 2004: Ove Lehto (FIN) set a new European bench press record of 290.5kg in the men's 125kg class at the 2004 Finnish Powerlifting Championships on Saturday.
03 Mar 2004: The Hellenic Powerlifting Federation, the national governing body for powerlifting in Greece, has been admitted as a new member of the EPF.
14 Feb 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set by those lifters who tested negative at the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships and the 2003 World Bench Press Championships.
12 Feb 2004: Eurosport is broadcasting a program featuring highlights from the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships at 2100hrs CET tomorrow (13 Feb) evening.
05 Feb 2004: The Jan/Feb 2004 EPF Newsletter is now available for download.
13 Jan 2004: Justin Keogh, a lecturer from Auckland University of Technology, is carrying out an internet based powerlifting injury survey. Athletes are required to log on to a website every month and enter data on their training and any injuries sustained. Powerlifters who would like to participate in the survey should email Justin (justin.keogh@aut.ac.nz) in order to register their interest.
28 Dec 2003: The EPF is pleased to report that no lifters tested positive at the Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Trencin, Slovakia. Consequently, all of the world and European records set at the competition have been ratified.
10 Dec 2003: Added a selection of Arkadiusz Znojek's pictures from the 2003 Women's European Powerlifting Championships.
09 Dec 2003: The Nov/Dec 2003 EPF Newsletter is now available for download.
30 Nov 2003: Results from the final day of the 2003 Women's European Powerlifting Championships.
29 Nov 2003: Results from the first two days of the 2003 Women's European Powerlifting Championships.
28 Nov 2003: The EPF has requested that in future, member federations should pay fees and fines directly into the EPF account using bank transfer. Full details of the EPF account are available on the federation page.
27 Nov 2003: Evgeniy Matasov and Vladimir Tchadkov from Russia and the Ukraine's Sergiy Vatyuk have been suspended following positive drug tests at the 2003 European Bench Press Championships in August.
09 Nov 2003: The 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships came to close with the men's 125kg and 125+kg categories, yesterday. Ukrainian Vitaly Papazov set a new world record total of 1050kg in the 125kg class but had to settle for second place. Hungary's Istvan Arvai pulled a huge 387.5kg in the final round of the deadlift to equal Papazov's total and take the gold medal by virtue of his lighter bodyweight. In the men's superheavyweight class, Brian Siders from the USA claimed the title after he bench pressed an incredible 317.5kg and totalled 1082.5kg. Siders total is the highest ever recorded in IPF world championships history.
09 Nov 2003: The Ukraine took both titles on day four of the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships. Oleksiy Vyshnytskyy set European records of 387.5kg in the squat and 980kg in the total to win the 100kg class. Oleksiy Solovyov took gold in the 110kg category with a world record total of 1007.5kg. Solovyov also set a new bench press world record of 280kg.
08 Nov 2003: Records continued to fall on day three of the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships in Denmark. Russian junior Andrey Belyaev won the 82.5kg class with a European record 900kg total. Poland's Jan Wegiera finished in third place, after setting a new bench press world record of 252.5kg. The 90kg class saw a close battle between the Ukraine's Ivan Freydun and Russia's Andrey Tarasenko. Both men broke the world record in the bench press, with 257.5kg and 260kg respectively. The Ukrainian eventually emerged victorious after totalling 957.5kg, just 2.5kg ahead of Tarasenko.
07 Nov 2003: More records fell on day two of the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships. Poland's Jaroslaw Olech won gold in the 67.5kg class with a European record total of 820kg. Olech also set a new squat world record of 332.5kg. In the 75kg category, USA's Wade Hooper squatted a world record 337.5kg but placed fourth overall. The gold medal went to Viktor Furazhkin from Russia, who lifted a combined total of 860kg.
06 Nov 2003: Russian lifters won all three titles on the first day of the 2003 Men's World Powerlifting Championships in Vejle, Denmark. Sergey Fedosienko took gold in the 52kg class, ahead of Poland's Andrzej Stanaszek. The dimunitive Pole set new world records in the squat, bench press and total, but it was not enough to beat Fedosienko, who increased the total world record to an incredible 650kg. In the 56kg classs, Konstantin Pavlov totalled 652.5kg to successfully defend his world title. Mikhail Andryukhin easily won the 60kg category, after setting a European record total of 700kg.
05 Nov 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2003 World Junior Powerlifting Championships.
16 Oct 2003: Following a negative drug test, the EPF has ratified Kenneth Sandvik's European record bench press of 315kg, which he set at the Nordic Championships last month.
26 Sep 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2003 European Masters Bench Press Championships.
25 Sep 2003: The September/October EPF Newsletter is now available. A nomination form has been added to the 2003 Women's European Powerlifting Championships Invitation.
24 Sep 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2003 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in July.
21 Sep 2003: The EPF has made several new appointments following the resignation of Heiner Köberich. Great Britain's Ralph Farquharson is the new EPF General Secretary, whilst Jiri Hofirek from the Czech Republic has taken on the role of EPF Competition Secretary. The EPF President, Arnulf Wahlstrøm, has agreed to act as the EPF Doping Control Officer on a temporary basis. The EPF Newsletter will now be distributed by Dennis Unitt, the publisher of International Powerlifter Magazine. Full details of the new appointments will be included in the next EPF Newsletter.
16 Sep 2003: Russia completed a clean-sweep at the 2003 World Junior Powerlifting Championships in Poland, taking both the men's and women's team titles together with the men's and women's best lifter awards. Yuliya Zaugolova was the women's best lifter, setting a senior world record in the squat of 255.5kg in the 75kg class and improving her junior world record total to 625kg. The men's best lifter award went to Sergey Fedosienko, who totalled 617.5kg in the 52kg category.
09 Sep 2003: Finland's Kenneth Sandvik bench pressed 315kg to set a new European record in the 125+kg class at the Nordic Championships on Saturday. Sandvik also won the men's best lifter award with a personal best total of 987.5kg.
05 Sep 2003: Heiner Köberich, the EPF General Secretary, has announced his resignation due to health problems. Heiner was elected EPF General Secretary in 1986 and IPF General Secretary in 1998. Writing in the August EPF Newslettter, the EPF President, Arnulf Wahlstrøm, thanked Heiner for his years of "hard and devoted" work, stating that his contribution to the sport of powerlifting "will be remembered for decades ahead".
23 Aug 2003: Germany won the women's M1, M2 and men's M3 team competitions, whilst Finland claimed the men's M1 and M2 titles at the 2003 European Masters Bench Presss Championships in Vrsac, Serbia and Montenegro. Sweden's Pekka Kihström lifted a M1 European record 177kg in 67.5kg men's division. Taisto Paananen and Tuomo Lollo from Finland both set new M2 European bench press records. Paananen bench pressed 183.5kg in the men's 82.5kg class and Lollo lifted 215.5kg in the men's 125kg category. Two men's M3 world records were also broken, with Sweden's Borje Eriksson benching 133kg in the 67.5kg class and Bill McFayden from Great Britain lifting 170kg in the 82.5kg category.
21 Aug 2003: The EPF has sanctioned the bench press event at the 2004 Gay and Lesbian EuroGames. The Games will be held in Munich, Germany from 29 July to 1 August next year. Participants can register via the internet using the EuroGames website.
20 Aug 2003: The Slovak Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Association has released details of the upcoming 2003 Women's European Powerlifting Championships.
19 Aug 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships and the 2003 Swedish Bench Press Championships.
10 Aug 2003: Hungary's Laszlo Meszaros set a new world record of 302.5kg to take gold in the 125kg class and win the men's best lifter award on the final day of the 2003 European Bench Press Championships. Kenneth Sandvik from Finland broke the European record with 310kg in the 125+kg category, and Russia won the men's team title.
09 Aug 2003: Russian's Alexey Vorobyev and Evgeniy Matasov both set new world records on day two of the 2003 European Bench Press Championships. Vorobyev lifted 262.5kg in the 90kg class and Matasov benched 282.5kg in the 100kg category.
08 Aug 2003: Russia claimed the women's team title on day one of the 2003 European Bench Press Championships. in Lviv, Ukraine. The women's best lifter trophy was won by Russia's Valentina Nelubova, who bench pressed 135kg in the 60kg class.
21 Jul 2003: France won the women's team competition whilst Great Brtain took the men's title at the 2003 EU Cup in Cesson Sévigné, France. The women's best lifter trophy went to Antonietta Orsini from Italy, who set a new EU Cup record total of 532.5kg in the 67.5kg class. Luxembourg's Anibal Coimbra won the men's best lifter award after setting new squat, bench and total EU Cup records in the 90kg category.
20 Jul 2003: Results from day two of the 2003 EU Cup.
19 Jul 2003: Results from the first day of the 2003 EU Cup.
06 Jul 2003: Russia won the men's M1 and M3 team competitions, whilst Germany claimed the M2 title on the final day of the 2003 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. The men's M1 best lifter award went to the Czech Republic's Petr Theuser, who made a superb 850kg total in the 90kg class. Viktor Naleikin from the Ukraine won the men's M2 best lifter trophy, after setting a new masters world record total of 905kg in the 125+kg category. The best lifter award in the men's M3 age group was won by Russia's Alexandr Kulikov, who totalled 637.5kg in the 82.5kg class.
05 Jul 2003: Ukranian Yaroslav Chala, Russia's Alexandr Kulikov and Francois Chazelle from France all set new masters world records on the the third day of the 2003 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. Chala bench pressed 183.5kg in the men's M2 90kg class, Kulikov squatted 237.5kg in the men's M3 82.5kg category and Chazelle deadlifted 262.5kg in the men's M3 90kg class. Images from the championships are available on the pictures page.
04 Jul 2003: Leonid Lokhov produced the oustanding performance on day two of the 2003 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. The Russian totalled 675kg to take gold in the men's M2 75kg class, finishing 100kg ahead of the silver medallist, Petr Hruby from the Czech Republic.
03 Jul 2003: Great Britain won the women's M1 team competition on the first day of the 2003 European Masters Powerlifting Championships in Balatonalmádi, Hungary. Ukrainian Larysa Ivanova took the women's M1 best lifter award, after setting a masters world record total of 592.5kg in the 82.5kg class. Aly Keizer from the Netherlands was awarded the women's M2 best lifter trophy and broke the masters world bench press record with 85.5kg in the 60kg class. Austria won the women's M2 team competition.
24 Jun 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records that were set at the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships.
20 Jun 2003: Arnulf Wahlstrøm, the EPF President, has made the following announcement: "At the EPF Congress in May, Heiner Köberich wanted to resign as Treasurer but no candidate for the post gained the necessary majority votes. Great Britain's Ralph Farquharson later volunteered to take on the duty and the EPF Executive Committee have appointed him to the office from 1 July until the next EPF Congress, where an election of new Treasurer will take place. Farquharson will move to Spain in July and an EPF account will be opened there. The present EPF account in Germany will still be valid for some months to secure a smooth overlap. Details of the new EPF account number and Ralph Farquharson's address and fax number will follow. Heiner Köberich's devoted work as Treasurer since 1986 has been highly appreciated and the EPF thanks him for everything he has done."
19 Jun 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2003 Student World Cup and the 2003 Women's World Championships.
17 Jun 2003: Magnus Carlsson and Ulf Wiklund set new European Records at the Swedish Bench Press Championships in Borlänge on Sunday. Carlsson lifted 205kg in the men's 67.5kg class and Wiklund benched 301kg in the men's 125+kg category.
17 Jun 2003: The EPF website is fully up-to-date again after problems at the hosting company over the weekend.
15 Jun 2003: Ukrainian lifters claimed all three titles on the final day of the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships. Roman Voroshylin won the men's 110kg class and set a new world junior deadlift record of 355kg. The 125kg title went to Yevgen Yarymbash, who broke the world junor bench press record with 280kg. Vitaliy Papazov totalled 1015kg to take gold in the men's 125+kg category and set a new world junior bench press record of 277.5kg. Russia won the men's team competition and the Ivan Freydun was awarded the men's best lifter trophy.
14 Jun 2003: Ivan Freydon set a new senior bench press world record of 256kg in men's 90kg class on day three of the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships. The Ukrainian also broke the world junior record in the deadlift, with 341.5kg, and the the total, with 935kg. Freydon's compatriot, Oleksiy Rokochiy won the men's 100kg class, whilst Russia's Andrey Belaev took gold in the men's 82.5kg category.
13 Jun 2003: Russian lifters took gold in all six classes on the second day one of the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships. The most notable performances came from Ravil Kazakov in the men's 56kg class and Alexandre Gromov in the men's 67.5kg category. Kazakov set a new bench press world junior record of 180kg on a fourth attempt. He also broke the European junior record in the squat and the total, with 260kg and 640kg respectively. Gromov squatted 295kg and benched 195kg to set new world junior records, and broke the European junior total record with 740kg.
12 Jun 2003: Russia won eight out of ten classes and claimed the women's team title on day one of the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships in Nymburk, Czech Republic. The women's best lifter award went to Yuliya Zaugolova, who set a junior world record total of 610kg in the 75kg class. Images from the championships are available on the pictures page.
05 Jun 2003: The schedule for Sat 14 Jun at the 2003 European Junior Powerlifting Championships has been changed. The men's 82.5kg and 90kg classes will now be combined. The joint weigh-in is from 0730 to 0900 and the competition will start at 0930. The men's 100kg class weigh-in will be from 1130 to 1300 and the start time is now 1330.
17 May 2003: Arnulf Wahlstrøm, the EPF President, has published his 2003 Congress Report. The revised EPF constitution and bylaws were unanimously accepted, and it was agreed that from 2004, the EU Cup will be replaced by a Western European Cup. Congress also elected France's Cecile Jamin and Jiri Hofirek from the Czech Republic to the EPF Hall of Fame.
11 May 2003: Clive Henry claimed an unexpected gold medal for Great Britain on the final day the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Henry squatted a European Record of 427.5kg on his way to making a total of 1002.5kg in the 125kg class. Russian Andrey Malanichev won the super-heavyweights with a 1015kg total and Denmark's Niels Stćrkjćr set a new European bench press record of 302.5kg. The championships best lifter award went to Jaroslaw Olech from Poland.
10 May 2003: There were more impressive performances on the third day of the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ukrainian Sergiy Romanenko claimed the 90kg class title with a total of 902.5kg. Russia's Maxim Barkhatov won the 100kg category with a total of 970kg and set a new European bench press record of 252.5kg. Russian success continued in the 110kg class, where Nikolay Suslov took gold after breaking the total world record with 1005kg. Suslov's victory meant that Russia secured the team competition with a maximum of 72 points.
09 May 2003: Records continued to tumble on day two of the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Poland's Jaroslaw Olech won gold in the 67.5kg class with a European record total of 812.5kg. Olech also set a new deadlift world record of 317.5kg. Viktor Furazhkin claimed the Ukraine's first title at the championships, lifting a total of 837.5kg to win the 75kg class. Russian Sergiy Naleykin squatted 355kg and totalled 885kg to set new European records in the 82.5kg category. Naleykin also set a junior world record in the bench with 225kg.
08 May 2003: Poland's Andrzej Stanaszek squatted a world record 300kg in the 52kg class on day one of the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Stanaszek also broke the world record in the total, with 612.5kg, but this was only good enough for second place behind Russian Sergey Fedosienko, who increased the mark to 615kg. Konstantin Pavlov from Russia took overall gold in the 56kg category, with a world record total of 660kg. Mikhail Andryukhin secured Russia's third victory of the day, winning the 60kg class with 657.5kg.
04 May 2003: Magnus Carlsson (SWE) and Kenneth Sandvik (FIN) both set new European records at the Nordic Bench Press Championships in Ylöjärvi, Finland, yesterday. Carlsson lifted 193.5kg in the men's 67.5kg class and Sandvik benched 300.5kg in the men's 125+kg category.
28 Apr 2003: Arnulf Wahlstrøm, the EPF President, has called for the future of the annual EU and Danube Cup competitions to be reviewed at the EPF Congress next month. The expansion of the European Union in 2004 means that with 25 nations eligible to take part, the EU Cup will be potentially a similar size event as the European Powerlifting Championships. Consequently, it is proposed that the EU Cup and the Danube Cup are replaced by a West European Cup and an East European Cup respectively.
25 Apr 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set by Janne Kuuseva (FIN) and Kenneth Sandvik (FIN) at the 2003 Finnish Bench Press Championships.
23 Apr 2003: The European records have been updated following the 2003 World Masters Bench Press Championships. A total of nine new European masters records were set at the competition, which was held in the Czech Republic last weekend.
22 Apr 2003: The EPF website is back after being down for five days due to server problems at the hosting company.
16 Apr 2003: Competing in the women's 90kg class, Russia's Yulia Kurina squatted 265kg to set a new senior world and European record at the 2003 Student World Cup in Cherkasy, Ukraine. Kurina also broke the junior world and European deadlift and total records. Aleksander Kluschev from Russia set a junior world and European deadlift record of 360.5kg in the men's 125kg class.
13 Apr 2003: The April 2003 EPF Newsletter is now available.
12 Apr 2003: The 2003 EPF Congress Agenda is available for download as a Word document. Delegates are asked to bring a copy of the agenda with them to Congress.
06 Apr 2003: Janne Kuuseva (FIN) benched a world and European record 293kg in the men's 125kg class at the Finnish Bench Press Championships yesterday. Competing in the men's 125+kg class, Kenneth Sandvik (FIN) broke the European record and became the first European to bench press 300kg.
26 Mar 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set by Raija Koskinen, Ove Lehto and Kenneth Sandvik at the 2003 Finnish Powerlifting Championships.
24 Mar 2003: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures from the 2003 Danube Cup.
23 Mar 2003: The host nation, Hungary, won both the men's and women's team competitions at the 2003 Danube Cup yesterday. Istvan Arvai (HUN) took the men's best lifter award, with a superb total of 1027.5kg in the 125kg class. Maria Chepil (UKR) totalled 442.5kg in the 56kg class to win the women's best lifter award.
18 Mar 2003: A beta version of the Internet Ranking is now available. Visitors to the EPF website are invited to register and add their details to the ranking list.
13 Mar 2003: Christo Meranzov has negotiated a reduction in hotel prices at the 2003 Men's European Powerlifting Championships, which are being held in Sofia from 7 to 11 May. The single room rate is now €40 and the double rate is now €27 per person per day. Breakfast is available for an additional €3 per person per day.
12 Mar 2003: The March 2003 EPF Newsletter is now available.
10 Mar 2003: Lifting at the Finnish Powerlifting Championships yesterday, Raija Koskinen (FIN) squatted 181kg and totalled 435kg to set new world and European records in the women's 48kg class. Ove Lehto (FIN) benched a European record 270.5kg in the men's 125kg class, and Kenneth Sandvik (FIN) benched a European record 290.5kg in the men's 125+kg class.

28 Feb 2003: A draft of the revised EPF Constitution and Bylaws is available for download on the federation page. The draft will be presented to the EPF Congress for voting on 7 May 2003 in Sofia. Congress delegates are asked to bring their own copy of the document.

23 Feb 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2002 Men's World Powerlifting Championships.

18 Feb 2003: The February 2003 EPF Newsletter is now available.

12 Feb 2003: The results database has been updated to include 2002 championships. The database lists World and European, Senior and Junior Powerlifting Championship results from 1995 onwards.

30 Jan 2003: The January 2003 EPF Newsletter is now available.

29 Jan 2003: Aniko Simon (HUN) has been suspended following a positive drug test at the 2002 European Bench Championships. Truls Nygaard (NOR) has also been suspended after testing positive at the 2002 European Masters Bench Press Championships.

12 Jan 2003: Invitations for the 2003 Danube Cup, Men's European Powerlifting Championships and European Bench Press Championships are available on the Federation page.

11 Jan 2003: The European Records have been updated following a rule change at the 2002 IPF Congress. The new rule allows Masters lifters to be credited with records in multiple age categories, when a higher age category record exceeds a lower age category record.

03 Jan 2003: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships and the 2002 World Bench Press Championships.

28 Dec 2002: The problems with the europower.org domain have been resolved and the www.europower.org address is now functioning again.

24 Dec 2002: "On behalf of the EPF I want to thank all lifters and officials for their efforts to make powerlifting a sport we all can be proud of. I wish you Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Best regards, Arnulf Wahlstrom, EPF President."

23 Dec 2002: There are currently some problems with the europower.org domain. Please use the www.europowerlifting.org address to access the EPF website.

18 Dec 2002: The December 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

11 Dec 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 World Bench Press Championships, which were held in Hamm, Luxembourg last weekend.

08 Dec 2002: European lifters won a total of thirteen golds at the 2002 World Bench Press Championships, which finished today. Russia won the women's team title but were narrowly defeated by Japan in the men's team competition. Hungary's Laszlo Meszaros was the outstanding male lifter at the championships, benching a world record 295kg in the 110kg class. Tamara Althaus of Germany won the women's best lifter award.

06 Dec 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships. A total of ten new European senior records, three European junior records and four European masters record were set at the competition.

01 Dec 2002: Russia added two more titles to finish top of the team rankings on the final day of the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships. Irina Lugovaya won the 90kg class, benching a world record 170kg and setting a new European total record of 655kg. Anastasia Pavlova totalled 657.5kg to win the 90+kg class gold. The only non-Russian victory came in the 82.5kg class, where the Ukraine's Larysa Ivanova won with a total of 585kg.

30 Nov 2002: Russian lifters won all four weight classes on the second day of the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships in Laukaa, Finland. Inna Filimonova squatted a world record 220kg and set a European record total of 512.5kg to take gold in the 56kg category. Valetin Nelubova won the 60kg class with a 540kg total and benched a world record 145kg. In the 67.5kg class, Marina Kudinova set a world record of 157.5kg in the bench press and increased her total world record to 625kg. Anna Terentyeva brought the day's events to a close, lifting a total of 577.5kg to take the 75kg class title.

29 Nov 2002: Finland's Raija Koskinen delighted the home crowd by winning the 44kg class with a 415kg total on the first day of the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships. Natalia Shapovalova from Russia totalled 420kg to win the 48kg category. Russian success continued in the 52kg class, with Svetlana Nikolaenko benching a world record 120kg and totalling 495kg to take the gold medal.

28 Nov 2002: The EPF has ratified the new European records set at the 2002 European Senior and European Masters Bench Press Championships in August. The new European records set at the 2002 World Juniors and World Masters Powerlifting Championships have also been ratified.

27 Nov 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 Men's World Powerlifting Championships. A total of eight new European senior records, five European junior records and one European masters record were set at the competition.

17 Nov 2002: Russia won both classes on the last day of the 2002 IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships. In the 125kg category, Andrey Malanichev totalled 1015kg to narrowly defeat Hungarian Istvan Arvai. Vladim Bondarenko won an incredibly competitive super-heavyweight class, lifting a total of 1060kg to finish 2.5kg ahead of Ukrainian Vitaliy Papazov. For the first time in IPF history, the top six super-heavyweights all totalled 1000kg or over. Hungarian Tibor Mezaros deadlifted 407.5kg to set the final world record of an excellent championships. Russia won the team title and Poland's Jaroslaw Olech was awarded the best lifter trophy.

16 Nov 2002: Records continued to fall on the third day of the 2002 IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships. Ivan Freydun of the Ukraine took the 90kg title, breaking the world junior record in both the squat and total with 350kg and 930kg respectively. Ukrainian success continued in the 100kg class, with Oleksiy Rokochyy squatting 385kg and totalling 972.5kg to set new junior world records and win the gold medal. Valentin Dedulia and Nikolay Suslov secured a Russian one-two in the 110kg class, with Dedulia totalling 990kg to beat Suslov by 25kg.

15 Nov 2002: Poland's Jarolslaw Olech finally claimed a senior world title on his seventh attempt, winning the 67.5kg class on day two of the 2002 IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships. Olech set a world record in the squat, with an incredible 330kg, and went on to total a European record 805kg. In the 75kg class, Victor Furashkin restored Russian dominance, breaking Ausby Alexander's 13-year-old squat world record with 328.5kg and setting a new total world record of 862.5kg. Dmytro Soloviov from the Ukraine brought the day's events to a close, winning the 82.5kg class on lighter bodyweight after both he and Poland's Jan Wegiera totalled 837.5kg.

14 Nov 2002: Russian lifters dominated day one of the 2002 IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships by taking all three titles. Ravil Kazakov won a closely contested 52kg class with a world junior record 590kg total. Konstantin Pavlov totalled 652.5kg to win the 56kg class, improving his own world record by 7.5kg. Mikhail Andruchin rounded off a superb day for the Russian team by winning the 60kg class, with a European record total of 685kg.

12 Nov 2002: The November 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

05 Nov 2002: Dan Lindstöm (SWE) squatted 268kg, benched 180kg and totalled 700kg to set new World and European masters III (60+) records in the men's 125kg class at the Stockholm Powerlifting Championships last week.

02 Nov 2002: The EPF has ratified the new European records set by Raija Koskinen (FIN), Inger Blikra (NOR) and Niels Stćrkjćr (DEN) at the 2002 Nordic Powerlifting Championships.

26 Oct 2002: The October 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

20 Oct 2002: Kimmo Jouhki, Secretary of the SVNL, has asked that National Team Managers please note that the final date for nominations for the 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships has been changed from 15 Nov to 08 Nov 2002.

19 Oct 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 World Masters Powerlifting Championships. A total of 20 new European masters records were set at the competition, which was held in Villa de Maria, Argentina, from 09 to 13 Oct 2002.

13 Oct 2002: The Finnish Powerlifting Federation would like to remind people attending the 2002 European Women's Powerlifting Championships that when booking their flights to Finland, they should request a ticket which includes the connecting flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä. This is much cheaper than buying a ticket to Helsinki and then a separate ticket for the flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä.

06 Oct 2002: Laura Locatelli (ITA) has been suspended for three months after testing positive for diuretics at the 2002 EU Cup. The new world masters deadlift and total records set by Loctatelli at the championships have now been nullified.

27 Sep 2002: The September 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

18 Sep 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 World Junior Powerlifting Championships. A total of 16 new European junior records and one new senior European record were set at the competition.

16 Sep 2002: European lifters dominated the 2002 World Junior Powerlifting Championships, which came to a close yesterday. The championships were held in Sochi, Russia, and the home team won both the men's and women's team titles. Lesya Guminska (UKR) took the women's best lifter trophy, with a 572.5kg total in the 67.5kg class. Yulia Kurina (RUS) squatted a senior world record 262.5kg in the women's 90kg class and also set a world junior record total of 602.5kg. The men's best lifter award was won by Nikolai Suslov (RUS), who set a world junior record total of 970kg in the 110kg class.

12 Sep 2002: 24-year-old Daniel Flaminio set a national record total of 900kg in the 110kg class to win the men's best lifter award at last weekend's German Powerlifting Championships. Michaela Näfe took the women's best lifter title, with a 425kg total in the 67.5kg class.

10 Sep 2002: Raija Koskinen squatted a new World and European record 180.5kg in the women's 48kg class at the Nordic Powerlifting Championships, held in Köping, Sweden at the weekend. Koskinen also broke the World and European total record with 430kg. Lifting in the 75kg class, Inger Blikra (NOR) set new women's European masters records in the squat, bench press, deadlift and total. Niels Stćrkjćr (DEN) made up for his "disappointment" at coming second in last month's European Bench Press Championships by benching a European record 290kg in the men's 125+kg class. Stćrkjćr was unsuccessful with a 300kg bench on a fourth attempt, but said afterwards that the weight "didn't feel that heavy, and I'm sure it will fall soon."

07 Sep 2002: The European masters record set by Sylviane Bechar (FRA) has been ratified, following a negative drug-test result. Bechar lifted 70kg in the women's 44kg class at the French Bench Press Championships, held in Cahors on 27 Apr 2002.

06 Sep 2002: Clara Kasbarian (FRA) has been suspended following a posititve drug-test at the French Powerlifting Championships, held in Bordeaux on 09 Mar 2002. The new world masters bench press record set by Kasbarian at the championships has now been nullified.

03 Sep 2002: The European masters records set by Susan Hollands (GBR) have been ratified, following a negative drug-test result. Hollands set new squat, bench press, deadlift and total records in the women's 90kg class at the British Powerlifting Championships, held in Birmingham on 30 Jun 2002.

27 Aug 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures from the 2002 European Bench Press Championships.

26 Aug 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 European Bench Press Championships. A total of four world records and five European records were set at the competition.

25 Aug 2002: Results from the final day of the 2002 European Bench Press Championships. Laszlo Meszaros (HUN) won the men's best lifter award, with a world record 285kg in the 110kg class. Another notable performance was Eduard Isakov (RUS) benching a world record 292.5kg in the 125kg class. Russia won the men's team competition.

24 Aug 2002: Results from the second day of the 2002 European Bench Press Championships. Highlights of the day included Fanil Mukhamatyanov (RUS) benching a European record 172.5kg on a fourth attempt in the men's 56kg class. Tagy Parnian (NED) set a men's 60kg class European record of 191kg on a fourth attempt. In the men's 67.5kg class, Alphonse Cucuzzella (FRA) benched a European record 193kg, also on a fourth attempt. Laszlo Kupcsik (HUN) set a world record 250.5kg to take the men's 90kg title.

23 Aug 2002: Results from the first day of the 2002 European Bench Press Championships. Tamara Althaus (GER) won the women's best lifter award, benching an incredible 135kg to set a new world record in the 56kg class. Russia won the women's team title.

22 Aug 2002: Ville-Petteri Erola's European Record bench press has been ratified, following a negative drug-test result. Erola benched 228kg in the men's 82.5kg class at a competition in Rauma, Finland on 10 Aug 2002.

21 Aug 2002: The European Records have been updated following last week's 2002 European Masters Bench Press Championships. A total of 12 new European Masters Records were set at the competition, which was held in Nymburk, Czech Republic.

20 Aug 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures from the 2002 European Masters Bench Press Championships.

18 Aug 2002: Results from final day of the European Masters Bench Press Championships. Massimo Papini (ITA) won the men's M1 best lifter award, setting a World Masters record 257.5kg in the 125kg class.

17 Aug 2002: Results from second day of the European Masters Bench Press Championships. Jerzy Furmanek (POL) took the best lifter title in the men's M2 competition, with a lift of 230kg in the 100kg class.

16 Aug 2002: Results from first day of the European Masters Bench Press Championships. Hana Takacova (RUS) won the Women's M1 best lifter award, bench pressing a European Masters Record 120kg in the 75kg class. Eva Orenicova (SVK) took the best lifter title in the Women's M2 competition, with a lift of 72.5kg in the 48kg class. Roland Schubert (GER) won the men's M3 best lifter award, setting a World Masters record 205kg in the 110kg class.

15 Aug 2002: The new European Records set at the 2002 European Junior and 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

14 Aug 2002: Ville-Petteri Erola (FIN) bench pressed 228kg in the Men's 82.5kg class to set a new European Record at a competiton in Rauma, Finland on Saturday.

13 Aug 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 EU Cup.

10 Aug 2002: The August 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

07 Aug 2002: Added EPF/IPF Consent Form to the Federation page. This consent form must be completed by lifters before presenting themselves for weigh-in at all European and World Championships from 01 August 2002 onwards.

27 Jul 2002: Women's results have now been added to the Beta Version of the Powerlifting Championships Database. The database lists World and European, Senior and Junior Championships results from 1995 onwards. Users are asked to please report database errors such as incorrect years of birth and mispelt names to the webmaster.

24 Jul 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures from the 2002 EU Cup.

21 Jul 2002: Results from the final day of the 2002 EU Cup. Raija Koskinen (FIN) won the women's best lifter award with an EU Cup record 420kg total in the 48kg class. Anibal Coimbra (LUX) totalled an EU Cup record 840kg in the 90kg class to take the men's best lifter award. Finland won both the women's and the men's team competitions.

20 Jul 2002: Results from the first day of the 2002 EU Cup. Visit the Dutch Powerlifting Federation's EU Cup website for further information.

19 Jul 2002: The July 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

14 Jul 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures from the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships.

11 Jul 2002: The European Records have been updated following last week's 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. A total of 33 new European Masters Records were set at the competition, which was held in Kolomyia, Ukraine.

08 Jul 2002: Results from the final day of the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. The Ukraine won the M1 team competition, while the Russian team took the M2 and M3 titles. Ukrainian lifters won all three Men's Best Lifter awards, with Volodymyr Ukhach, Nikolay Sharliev and Vsevold Babenko heading the M1, M2 and M3 rankings respectively.

07 Jul 2002: Results from the fourth day of the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships.

06 Jul 2002: Results from the third day of the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. Alexandr Kulikov (RUS) totalled 615kg in the Men's M3 82.5kg class to set a World Masters record and lead the M3 Best Lifter rankings.

05 Jul 2002: Results from the second day of the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. Sergiy Vatyuk (UKR) currently leads the Men's M1 Best Lifter rankings, after setting a European Masters total record of 562.5kg in the 56kg class. Leonid Lokhov heads the M2 rankings, with a European Masters Record 680kg total in the 75kg class.

03 Jul 2002: Results from the first day of the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. Nataliy Kashirina (RUS) was the outstanding lifter in the Women's competition, with 432.5kg total in the M1 60kg class.

01 Jul 2002: Clive Henry became the first British powerlifter to squat 400kg at the 2002 Men's British Powerlifting Championships on Sunday. Competing in the 125kg class, Clive squatted 410kg and set a British Record total of 962.5kg to take the Men's Best Lifter award. Marian Gibson won the Best Lifter award in the Women's Championships, with a 472.5kg total in the 67.5kg class.

30 Jun 2002: The new European Records set at the 2002 Women's World Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

29 Jun 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 European Junior Powerlifting Championships.

25 Jun 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's pictures of the 2002 European Junior Powerlifting Championships.

24 Jun 2002: Results from the final two days of the 2002 European Junior Powerlifting Championships. Vitaliy Papazov (UKR) won the men's best lifter award, with a 1027.5kg total in the 125+kg class.

23 Jun 2002: European Records set at the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

22 Jun 2002: Results from the first and second days of the 2002 European Junior Powerlifting Championships. Yuliya Chepushtanova (RUS) won the women's best lifter award, with a 537.5kg total in the 67.5kg class.

11 Jun 2002: The June 2002 EPF Newsletter is now available.

10 Jun 2002: The new Masters records set at the 2002 British Masters Powerlifting Championships have been added to the list of European Records.

05 Jun 2002: The European Records have been updated following the 2002 Women's World Powerlifting Championships, held in Riesa last week. A total of ten Senior and five Junior records were set in the competition.

31 May 2002: The Ukrainian Federation has reported a small increase in the cost of Accomodation and Travel at the 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships. In addition, a second Hotel is now available. Please see the updated invitation for details.

27 May 2002: Arnulf Wahlstrřm's 2002 EPF Congress Report is now available.

26 May 2002: Added a selection of Heiner Köberich's superb pictures of the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships.

15 May 2002: Added pictures of Stanazek (POL) and Olech (POL) lifting at the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships.

14 May 2002: Updated European Records following 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Note that Andrukhin (RUS) was not selected for drug-testing in the 60kg class. Consequently, his 680kg total cannot be ratified as a European Record.

12 May 2002: Results from the final day of the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Muravlyov totalled 962.5kg to win the 125kg class. Weighing-in at only 128.2kg, Papazov (UKR) won the 125+kg class with an incredible 1060kg total, breaking the World Junior Record by 25kg.

11 May 2002: Results from day three of the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Tarasenko (RUS) won the 90kg class with an amazing 957.5kg total, beating Mike Bridge's World Record of 932.5kg, which has stood for 22 years. Federenko (RUS) totalled 952.5kg to win the 100kg class. Dedyulya (RUS) won the 110kg class with a 965kg total.

10 May 2002: Results from the second day of the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Olech (POL) won the 67.5kg class with a 780kg total. Furashkin (RUS) set a European Record total of 847.5kg to win the 75kg class. Soloviov (UKR) won the 82.5kg class with an 837.5kg total.

09 May 2002: Results from the first day of the 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Stanaszek (POL) won the 52kg class, squatting a World Record 290kg and setting a World Record total of 600kg. Pavlov (BUL) won the 56kg class with a 610kg total. Andrukhin (RUS) set a European Record total of 680kg to win the 60kg class.

01 May 2002: Susan Hollands squatted 170.5kg in the Women's 82.5kg class to set a new World and European Masters II Record at the British Masters Powerlifting Championships on Saturday.

30 Apr 2002: Sylviane Bechar, Claudine Lacombe and Marc Lebolay set new World and European Masters Records at the French Bench Press Championships last weekend.

25 Apr 2002: European Records updated following 2002 World Masters Bench Press Championships.

24 Apr 2002: European Records set at the Norwegian National Championships have been ratified.

21 Apr 2002: Beta Version of the Powerlifting Championships Database now available. The database lists Men's World and European, Senior and Junior Championships results from 1995 onwards.

14 Apr 2002: 2002 European Masters Powerlifting Championships Invitation now available on the Federation page.

13 Apr 2002: Published 2002 EPF Congress Agenda.

10 Apr 2002: April 2002 EPF Newsletter and 2002 Women's European Powerlifting Championships Invitation now available on the Federation page.

04 Apr 2002: Updated 2002 European Junior Powerlifting Championships Invitation now available on the Federation page.

28 Mar 2002: Inna Orobets (UKR) won the Women's Best Lifter Trophy at the 2002 Danube Cup on Saturday, with a total of 575kg in the 90kg class. Vasyl Orobets (UKR) totalled 1000kg in the 125+kg class to take the Men's Best Lifter Trophy. The Ukraine won both the Men's and Women's team competitions.

23 Mar 2002: European Records set at the 2001 World Bench Press Championships have been ratified.

20 Mar 2002: Lifting in the Women's 67.5kg class at the Norwegian National Championships last weekend, Inger Blikra deadlifted 212.5kg to set a new World and European Masters I Record. Truls Kristensen set new World and European Masters III squat, bench, deadlift and total records in the Men's 125kg class.

15 Mar 2002: Clara Kasbarian benched 137.5kg to set a new World and European Masters I Record in the Women's 67.5kg class at the French National Championships last weekend.

14 Mar 2002: March 2002 EPF Newsletter now available on the Federation page.

11 Mar 2002: Lifting in the Women's 48kg class at the Finnish Powerlifting Championships last weekend, Raija Koskinen squatted 180kg to set a new World and European Record. Raija also set a new National Record in the total of 422.5kg.

07 Mar 2002: European Records set at the 2001 European Masters Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

07 Mar 2002: Tatiana Fomina (RUS) and Nikolay Bederin (RUS) have been disqualified following positive drugs tests at the 2001 European Masters Powerlifting Championships.

06 Mar 2002: Kent Malström has been appointed as the new Meet Director for 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships. Hotel Booking and Nomination Forms should be sent to the new Meet Secretary, Willy Candemyr. Please see the updated invitation for details.

16 Feb 2002: 2002 European Senior and Masters Bench Press Championships Invitations now available on the Federation page.

15 Feb 2002: European Records set at the 2001 Women's European Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

12 Feb 2002: February 2002 EPF Newsletter now available on the Federation page.

05 Feb 2002: 2002 St Petersburg Cup Invitation now available on the Federation page.

03 Feb 2002: 2002 EU Cup Invitation now available on the Federation page.

02 Feb 2002: European Records set at the 2001 World Masters Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

29 Jan 2002: January 2002 EPF Newsletter now available on the Federation page.

28 Jan 2002: The EPF Executive Committee have elected Marina Kudiniva (RUS) and Vitaliy Papasov (UKR) as European Powerlifters of the Year 2001.

26 Jan 2002: Records set at the 2001 European Junior Powerlifting Championships have been ratified.

25 Jan 2002: Marzena Zieba (POL) and Ivan Shliakhta (UKR) have been disqualified following positive drugs tests at the 2001 European Junior Powerlifting Championships.

24 Jan 2002: 2002 Men's European Powerlifting Championships Invitation now available on the Federation page.

08 Jan 2002: Records and Results updated following doping disqualifications at 2001 EU Cup.


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