After yesterday’s victory of the Chinese Hou, this Sunday morning again an athlete from the “Middle Kingdom” prevailed.
Li Fabin is the name of the first male winner of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, who claimed the gold medal in dominant fashion today (Sunday). The 28-year-old thus relegated the bronze medalist from Beijing, Eko Yuli Irawan to second place.
The Indonesian Irawan (137 kg/165 kg) failed in two lifts in the clean and jerk after only one valid snatch lift, but was able to secure second place on the podium with valid first lifts.
Local hero Yoichi Itokazu (133 kg/159 kg) unfortunately did not have the best day and missed a realistic chance for the bronze medal due to his two invalid lifts in the clean and jerk. This went to Kazakh Igor Son (131 kg/163 kg), who kept his nerve in the decisive clean and jerk attempt.
Apart from Georgian Shota Mishvelidze (130 kg/155 kg), who also contributed only two valid attempts to the final result, Davide Ruiu (127 kg/159 kg) was the only European in the A group up to 61 kg. Ruiu, who is only 20 years old, showed a solid performance and finished sixth with four valid lifts.
If this young man’s development continues, he could join the dominant Asian phalanx in this weight category in 2024.
Brandhuber in 9th place
Already at 4:50 a.m. German time Simon Brandhuber (123 kg/145 kg) started his Olympic competition within the B group. For the native of Upper Palatinate, this was the first participation in the Olympic Games and should certainly have been the highlight of his career so far.
Despite problems at the ISG joint, which were still bothering Brandhuber shortly before the last Olympic test, it was enough for 268 kg in total.
These performances are far from the best values of past years, but Brandhuber made a tough weight category change in 2020 in order to be able to participate in Tokyo. Brandhuber was originally competing in the up to 69 kg weight category before moving to the newly created up to 67 kg category as part of the “weight category reform” in July 2018.
For the vice European champion of 2019, this performance will still not be satisfying in any way, in an interview with the online portal idowa.de he said: “Basically, I messed up today, I should have gotten more out of it.”
From 12:50 p.m. German time the decision in the weight category up to 67 kg will be made. The Italian Mirko Zanni will try to grab a top position in this event.