Ilya Ilyin

Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Milana
Residence
Kyzylorda, KAZ
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Kazakh, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first went to the gym at age six.
Why this sport?
He decided to try the sport after watching his older brother Alexei, who was already involved in weightlifting.
Name of coach
Yury Melnikov [national], KAZ; Anton Moiseyev [personal], from 2019
General Interest
Injuries
In October 2018 he announced that an injury to his spine meant he would be unable to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. (vesti.kz, 29 Oct 2018)

He has had a number of minor injuries over the years, but his worst was in 2011 when he suffered groin muscle problems. (allthingsgym.com, 13 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A weightlifter should be able to do everything and borrow things from other sports to beat competitors." (allthingsgym.com, 13 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Lifter by the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] in 2005, 2006, 2014 and 2015. (iwf.net, 24 Feb 2016; zakon.kz, 24 Apr 2015; lada.kz, 02 Sep 2014)

He was named Best Male Athlete of Kazakhstan in 2011. (sports.kz, 28 Dec 2011)

He holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Kazakhstan. (kazsports.kz, 24 Dec 2018)
Milestones
He was Kazakhstan's first weightlifting world champion in both junior and senior competition. In 2005 and 2006 he held both the junior and senior world championship titles at the same time. (SportsDeskOnline, 30 Oct 2018; IWF, 06 Oct 2006)
Famous relatives
His brother Alexei was a national boxing champion in Kazakhstan. (sports.kz, 31 Dec 2011)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 30 Aug 2019; Tengri TV YouTube channel, 23 May 2019)
Other information
WEIGHT CATEGORY
Since 2018, he has competed in 96kg and 109kg weight categories but has decided to focus on the former. "I am already 31 years old. And putting on weight is risky for my future health. And the ideal category for me would be exactly 96kg. Even then, after the [2012] Olympics in London, I said that in Tokyo I would perform in the 94kg category. That is, I would switch to 105kg category and would then come back. So, I am working according to the old plan. Now I weigh 100 kilograms, and I feel great. Just as it should be." (vesti.kz, 23 May 2019)

SANCTION
In June 2016 he was suspended from competition for a minimum of two years after samples taken from him at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London retrospectively tested positive for a banned substance. In January 2018 the International Weightlifting Federation [IWF] announced that the samples were being considered as one single violation and that he would be eligible to return to competition in June 2018. (insidethegames.biz, 12 Jan 2018; barbend.com, 11 Dec 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has undertaken post-graduate studies at the Kazakh Academy of Sport and Tourism in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His doctoral thesis is called 'Scientific and practical conclusions on the preparation of a high level weightlifter'. (lada.kz, 02 Sep 2014)

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