Hennequin, Benjamin Didier

NOC France   
GenderMen
Born24 Aug 1984 in Bordeaux, FRA
Height1.74 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sainte-Hlne, FRA
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team EA St Medard en Jalles: France
General Interest
Injuries He was out of competitive action for 18 months after requiring surgery on both of his knees before returning to the international stage at the 2014 European Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel. (espritbleu.franceolympique.com, 31 Mar 2014)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? His father and family friend Patrick Cosnard encouraged him to take up the sport. He began to pursue it seriously in 2005. "The first two years I really didn't like it. I had problems with posture and coordination. I only kept at it because my friends were also part of the club."
General Interest
Hero / Idol US athlete Carl Lewis, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu. (femme2sport.com, 29 Dec 2011)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up weightlifting at age 11 in Saint-Medard-en-Jalles, France.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Languages French
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "There are no secrets or shortcuts to become a champion. You must train." (femme2sport.com, 29 Dec 2011)
Other information ALMOST QUIT
He considered retiring from weightlifting because of his knee injuries. "I said I was going to stop. Each month the recovery was delayed. I thought it was over, but my coaches have always supported me. They told me I could come back but it would take time. They never let me down and that's the only thing that motivated me. I said I would try, anyway I had nothing to lose." (espritbleu.franceolympique.com, 31 Mar 2014)

BAD TATTOO
He has a tattoo of a gorilla on his back. "It wasn't quite what I wanted. It's too full. I was a little disappointed. I went to see a friend of my father who is a tattoo artist to see if he could fix it up, but nothing could be done. Luckily I can't see it." (femme2sport.com, 29 Dec 2011)

ARMY SERVICE
He has served in the 503rd Regiment du Train, a logistical regiment of the French armed forces, in Martignas, France. Prior to that he worked as a sports teacher at the weightlifting club HC Langres and at the Girondins Bordeaux football club. (benjaminhennequin.blogspot.com, 17 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2011 World Championships in Paris, France. (espritbleu.franceolympique.com, 31 Mar 2014)
Further Personal Information
Family One son
General Interest
Nicknames Benji (easmmusculation.jimdo.com, 24 May 2015)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Vencelas Dabaya; Patrice Cosnard

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 9 85kg   Rio de Janeiro
2012   85kg   London
2008 4 85kg   Beijing
World Championships
2015 10 85kg   Houston, TX
2015 17 85kg - Snatch   Houston, TX
2015 6 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Houston, TX
2014 10 85kg   Almaty
2014 12 85kg - Snatch   Almaty
2014 10 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Almaty
2011 2 85kg   Paris
2011 4 85kg - Snatch   Paris
2011 2 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Paris
2010 8 85kg   Antalya
2010 11 85kg - Snatch   Antalya
2010 5 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Antalya
2009   85kg   Goyang
2009 11 85kg - Snatch   Goyang
2009   85kg - Clean & Jerk   Goyang
2007 24 85kg   Chiang Mai
2007 25 85kg - Snatch   Chiang Mai
2007 25 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Chiang Mai
2006   85kg   Santo Domingo
2006   85kg - Snatch   Santo Domingo
2006   85kg - Clean & Jerk   Santo Domingo
European Championships
2016   85kg   Frde
2016   85kg - Snatch   Frde
2016   85kg - Clean & Jerk   Frde
2015 1 85kg   Tbilisi
2015 4 85kg - Snatch   Tbilisi
2015 1 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Tbilisi
2014 3 85kg   Tel Aviv
2014 3 85kg - Snatch   Tel Aviv
2014 2 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Tel Aviv
2012 5 94kg   Antalya
2012 8 94kg - Snatch   Antalya
2012 5 94kg - Clean & Jerk   Antalya
2011 3 85kg   Kazan
2011 6 85kg - Snatch   Kazan
2011 3 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Kazan
2009 4 85kg   Bucharest
2009 8 85kg - Snatch   Bucharest
2009 2 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Bucharest
2008 4 85kg   Lignano Sabbiadoro
2008 6 85kg - Snatch   Lignano Sabbiadoro
2008 3 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Lignano Sabbiadoro
2007 4 85kg   Strasbourg
2007 7 85kg - Snatch   Strasbourg
2007 4 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Strasbourg
2006 5 85kg   Wladyslawowo
2006 6 85kg - Snatch   Wladyslawowo
2006 6 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Wladyslawowo
European Junior & Under 23 Championships
2002 9 85kg   Nuoro
2002 8 85kg - Snatch   Nuoro
2002 10 85kg - Clean & Jerk   Nuoro