USA Weightlifting Features Q&A with World Unive...

Q&A with World University Games Medalist, Kendrick Farris

July 22, 2013, 11:38 a.m. (ET)

Could you tell us about your performance?
We just went out and made lifts. We just wanted to see what we needed to do to get a placement. I mean, that is all we were really trying to do. We were looking at second or third as pretty good. We just wanted to make sure we could get a placement.

How does it feel to break a record that was standing for so long?
I can’t even tell you. I didn’t know how long the record had been standing; I knew it had been standing for a while. We just happened to break records while focusing on getting that placement. It’s an incredible feat, but I feel like I felt in January—I still have more work to do.

Were you aware of what the records were before breaking them?
I knew what the records were. Not the total, but I knew what the clean & jerk record was, and I knew the snatch record as well.

Was it your goal heading into the event to break any records?
Not at all. I figured I probably would break a record if need be, but I figured in order to get second or third, all I would need is 203 kilos.

How does it feel to be back representing your country one year after the 2012 Olympic Games?
It’s an awesome feeling, especially knowing how many people sacrificed a lot for us to be able to compete. I’m not just talking about family and coaches. We have men and women who are serving overseas that give us the opportunity to do what we love to do. Regardless of what sport it is, it’s an awesome opportunity and I’m very thankful for it.

You moved up a weight class recently. Why?
 My coach wanted me to move up a weight class at the end of 2008, but I still felt fine until 2010. At that point I was still on the same diet, but it was hard to cut down (weight). I wanted to make the commitment for that quad to stay at 85kg, so I knew after London that I would be moving up a weight class. It’s easier now because I just show up and compete. I think you guys will be seeing some interesting things here in the next few years and I’m excited about that as well.

What are you focusing on moving forward?
For the next three years, it’s just continuing to get ready for international competition. I don’t know what my next event will be, but all I’m focusing on is to just stay healthy and keep training.

 What is your advice to young lifters?
The first thing is you have to enjoy the process. Make sure in training that the work that you get done is not waivered by the ups and downs that are going to happen. You have to come in with the mindset that, “I’m going to work, I’m going to be positive and I’m going to do the workout regardless of how it feels.” If you do that, I think you can be successful.