Say hello to Sara ✋ and send her huge congratulations. Sara won the gold medal at the recent World Kettlebell Sport Championship in Portugal.
Congratulations on the gold medal!
Of course, I have to ask how it feels to hold a World Cup Gold medal in your hand?
– It feels great! To see all the hard work put into training and preparing for this paying off is the best feeling.
Tell me about your World Championship win?
– I competed in 10’ TALC (also known as clean and jerk for non-kettlebell lifters), so it’s a Two-Arm Long Cycle with 2x20kg, so two kettlebells, one in each hand weighing 20kg each doing as many repetitions as possible for 10 minutes.
I did 64 reps, which was enough to win the gold. It was an amazing thing, especially after winning gold at the Europeans 2021.
Was there a moment when you were lifting and knew you’d already won?
– No, actually not. I was so focused on my own lifting I wasn’t sure how my opponents were doing. It all came as a huge surprise when I found out!
Did you set the goal to win the world championships, after the European win?
– No I did not. The goal was to lift the best I could and give everything I had on the platform. Since it was the world championships with so many great lifters I set a goal of performance rather than placement.
It’s really an extreme thing to lift weights non-stop for 10 minutes without putting them down. Is the biggest battle — fighting the ‘why am I doing this’ question in your mind?
– Yes it’s an extreme sport - and it’s a real mental battle. In kettlebell sport, minute five to minute eight are the hardest minutes because you’ve been lifting for so long, your heart rate is so high, It’s a high-pressure thing.
Do you have a game plan to manage that?
– Well, that’s what all the training is for. I know when I hit that wall of wanting to put the bells down around minute seven, there is always something positive to focus on. There are only a few minutes left, the technique is still in place and I am breathing. As long as I keep breathing there are always a few more reps.
How often do you train?
– Usually about five days a week with a mix of lifting and cardio.
How did you get started in the sport?
– I found Kettlebell Sport through group training at a gym. I liked it immediately and especially how all the techniques challenged my mind at the same time as my body got exhausted.
What’s your next target?
– For now, I’m taking a few weeks off training to try to figure that one out, so we’ll see.
What are Kettlebells?
– Kettlebell looks like a cannonball with a handle on top. They come in a variety of colors, which represent their weight. Kettlebells can be used in many different exercises. It is a relatively small sport but the short description of it would be endurance weightlifting since we do as many lifts (repetitions) as possible for 10 minutes without putting the bells down.
– It’s a great sport! It requires a lot of training, but you develop power endurance, coordination, and strength just to mention a few things.
All Netadmins are so proud of you and we wish you good luck in future competitions!