Name: Marin Robu
Weight Category: -73kg
Personal Bests: Snatch 155kg | Clean & Jerk 180kg
Marin Robu is a Junior weightlifter from Moldova. This year he placed second in Rome at the 2020 World Cup Seniors comp in the -73kg category with 152/180/332. His total was a big 12kg above what he acheived at the World Junior Champs in 2019 where he also placed second, behind American, CJ Cummings. At the Junior Worlds he received three medals! A Snatch gold medal for 147kg, bronze in the Clean & Jerk for 173kg and an awesome overall Silver for a total of 320kg! Marin is showing amazing progress in Senior World competitions too with a huge 17 place jump in the leaderboard from his 2018 to 2019 result!
This week we had the opportunity to catch up with Marin and ask him a few questions about his career and future goals! Check out our interview below!
Marin Snatching 123kg & 128kg at the 2017 European Youths as a -69kg
CS: What age did you start weightlifting and how did you get into it?
Marin: I started practicing weightlifting at age 10, I was bought to a weightlifting gym by a friend and from the beginning found the sport very interesting!
CS: What are your future ambitions for your career, are there certain weights you want to lift?
Marin: The purpose I follow is to lift 170 kg in snatch and 210 kg in Clean and jerk and to participate in the Summer Olympics 2021 in Tokyo.
CS: 170 & 210 are brilliant goals, what are your current max lifts?
Marin: At the moment my personal bests are 155 kg snatch,180 kg clean and jerk, front squat 220 kg, back squat 240 kg, snatch pull 210 and clean pull 250.
CS: What are you focusing on improving at the moment?
Marin: In order to have the best movement and the right trajectory of the bar, I use a wide range of exercises such as hang snatch, snatch balance, muscle snatch for snatch, and for clean and jerk I use push press, jerk from racks, power jerk and others.
CS: How do you stay focussed and motivated to reach your goals?
Marin: It motivates me a lot to become an Olympic champion, I think working to this level is the motivation for all athletes.
CS: What is the best advice that your coach has given you?
Marin: My coach's advice was to be as simple as possible even if I am a renowned sportsman and to do my best to meet my goals.
CS: Could you tell us more about what your coach means by being 'simple'?
Marin: That is, he intends that I do not seem to be someone more special or something less genuine, in the training room we are all equal.
CS: What has been the hardest and the best part of your career so far?
Marin: The most difficult part of my career was when I suffered a knee injury ,after that I needed surgery, but one of the brightest victories I have so far is the world championship in Fiji, Suva.
CS: What do you like to do outside of weightlifting?
Marin: Outside of weightlifting workouts I prefer to play table tennis.
CS: What is your training schedule, how many times a week do you train?
Marin: I have 9 workouts a week, two workouts every day, Thursdays being the day for relaxation, I usually use sauna and massage for this.
CS: Who are your role models and who do you enjoy watching lift?
Marin: My sport model is Chinese athlete Shi Zhi Yong, he is a very powerful athlete, and technically great.
CS: How popular is weightlifting in Moldova?
Marin: I think that weightlifting is becoming more popular in Moldova after the many victories of our athletes in the international arena.
CS: We have a lifters at the club who also are starting at 10 years old, have you got any advice for them about being an athlete?
Marin: Yes, my advice to them would be to listen to their coach and do everything possible to do their best and meet the proposed goals.
We would like to send a huge thank you to Marin for taking his time to answer our questions with such interesting responses! We wish Marin all the best for achieving his Olympic goal!
- Team Canterbury Strength