Talakhadze Breaks Weightlifting Records, Syria Wins Medal
TOKYO (AP) — Lasha Talakhadze pumped everyone up with three world records on the final day of Olympic competition in weightlifting.
The defending champion from Georgia lifted 223 kilograms in the snatch and 265kg in the clean and jerk for a total 488kg.
All three figures broke his own world records in the over-109kg men’s superheavyweight category.
Snatch: 223kg (WR)
Clean & Jerk: 265kg (WR)
Total: 488kg (WR)
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Ali Davoudi of Iran was left in second place by the vast margin of 47kg.
Man Asaad of Syria took the bronze with a total 424kg for his country’s first medal since its civil war began a decade ago.
Syria’s last Olympic medal in any sport was a boxing bronze in 2004.