Rio 2016: Talakhadze takes gold with world-record lift
Lasha Talakhadze set a new world record for total combined weight lifted in the men’s over 105kg competition to claim gold at Rio 2016.
The 22-year-old Georgian, gold medallist in the same category at the World Weightlifting Championships in 2015, secured victory by a comfortable margin with a combined total lift of 473kg.
He lifted 215kg in the snatch and backed up that effort with a stunning lift of 258kg in the clean and jerk.
His closest challenger, Armenia’s Gor Minasyan, totalled 451kg, with Irakli Turmanidze (448kg) taking bronze for Georgia.
Iran’s Behdad Salimi Kordasiabi also set a new world record in the snatch, lifting 216kg to take the lead. However, the 26-year-old fell out of medal contention as he failed three times at 245kg in the clean and jerk.