Self-critical and very interesting interview of Ukrainian puller Evgeny Prudnik on the results of the Worlds. ()
Evgeniy, you had a difficult fight, how do you feel after the World Cup?
– It's terrible, because it's time to rest. Although it would take a week to rest. And then a week of general exercises or such "snotty" workouts with small loads. And for me this is a torment. It's hardest for me to rest, especially after such a fight with Sasho. I need a very strong willpower to withstand these weeks, and then it will be possible to start usual workouts again.
Perhaps, the category in which you pulled, was one of the most difficult in the championship. Who was the most difficult to fight with?
– Yes, there were a lot of strong rivals in the category. I was very interested in fighting. I was in good shape, but still worried if it would be enough of me for all, and, apparently, in the final it was not enough. When I went to the semifinals, I already felt DOMS on both hands – the loads were enormous and even the moral forces were not enough, but I pluck up courage and continued to pull. On my left hand, I did not meet with Sasho, I think there would be a good revenge. As for Makeev, I do not think that he is stronger than Bogoslov or Sasho on the left. Although at this championship he was in his best form. He is a very fast, clever, technical and uncomfortable puller, plus every year is gaining strength. I was surprised when he struck so easily with Bogoslovov, but we all understand that if the Bogoslovov had caught him, the outcome of the fight would have been quite different. But fight is fight. You need to be ready for everything.
The hardest thing was to fight Sasho, although in preliminary he seemed to me twice weaker. I do not think this is a tactic, it's probably weak point. Because is it possible to call it tactics, when he failed his left hand? I think that many people have a chance to win Sasho in preliminary, and this has been proved, just everyone overestimates him and misses his chance. In the final he is MUCH stronger. Most likely, he got tired and it was harder for him to pull with each new rival. But on the right, I went with him in the second match, he was absolutely fresh, and I did not feel good resistance, the only thing – it was hard to hold out to the pillow, but it was a matter of time. I felt like he was getting weaker, and then I was given an undeserved second foul, although I controlled the situation – I watched the elbow and stood like a dead man, but that's another conversation. Why, when I fought him in the finals, he was literally a tractor? I was ready for this, but still, it was not enough of me for just a few seconds. It was facilitated by a fight with the Bogoslovov in the semifinals. Plan A was to break through Sergey at the start, as on the left, to go out fresh on Sasho. I thought, since he sleeps starts, then I need to use it. But he got involved quickly enough and managed to catch me, then I started using plan B – this is overdoing, waiting, and the main thing is not to let him get turn into the triceps, because he is very strong there. Everything went according to plan, but we pulled a minute, and, of course, I lost a lot of strength. In general, Bogoslovov made me very worried before the competitions. I watched his workouts and saw that he lifts weights much more than mine, although I do not use small ones.