As per the result of the online voting of WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING closed at the end of January, the same lifter won the Lifter of the Year title for 2015 for the men as the year before: ILYA ILYIN from Kazakhstan. Among the women, the Jenő Boskovics Lifter of the Year Challenge Trophy will be awarded to HSU SHU-CHING from Chinese Taipei. Both winners received over two thousand votes, leaving no doubt about their title as the best of last year.
For the first time WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING launched the Lifter of the Year election in 1982, but at the beginning only men could receive votes. The women joined in 1991 and ever since we have had two winners every year. In memory of the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, the creator of the concept, a Challenge Trophy was established, which the annual winners can take over in an elegant ceremony.
Last year ILYIN and Russian TATIANA KASHIRINA were the centrepiece of the elegant presentation ceremony hosted by Astana, Kazakhstan, who received the Jenő Boskovics Lifter of the Year Challenge Trophy from the Editors of WORLD WEIGHTLIFTING in the high company of Dr. Tamás Aján, IWF President.
For her output during last year, HSU SHU-CHING from Chinese Taipei will be accorded the precious 2015 Trophy honouring her supremacy and world champion title in 53kg at the Houston World Championships. No doubt, when casting their ballots on Kazakhstan’s ILYA ILYIN, voters rewarded his incredible new world record at the President’s Cup in Grozny.
Congratulations to both winners!