Video: Bob Takano - 2012 American Record Makers

Bob Takano

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The 2013 American Record Makers event was held recently, so I thought I'd share some footage from last year's event. With this snatch of 102, Nghiep Dinh laid claim to first place in the 2012 men’s weightlifting competition. Nghiep, a five-time runner-up at the USA Nationals, has been representing my PHAT Elvis Weightlifting Club since the late 1990s. This snatch is a good indicator of the world-class speed that Nghiep can generate at his 62kg bodyweight.


His total of 230 was 85.2% of the American Record. That was enough to defeat Chris Gute in the 85kg class, who totaled 286 for 79.0% of the American Record, and Ben Simonds who lifted a total of 251kg, which was 68.8% of the Junior American +105 class record.

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