Today was the day when the big favorite Simon Martirosyan would have crowned himself Olympic champion. But it turned out differently, “only” silver remained for the Armenian, in the end.
The 24-year-old Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist looked disappointed as he went back to the warm-up area after missing his 238 kg in the clean and jerk. At that moment it was clear that the new Olympic champion in the up to 109 kg weight category was not Simon Matyrosian (195 kg/228 kg) but Akbar Djuraev (193 kg/237 kg).
If Uzbek and Armenian were in the lead after the snatch with 193 kg and 195 kg, they did not give anything to each other in the clean and jerk and started with the highest loads. Djuraev had the stronger nerves, but also the better poker face. The 21-year-old junior world record holder missed the 234 kg load after a valid first attempt and went all out with 237 kg in his third attempt. After validly coping with this burden, he put the world champion from 2019 under pressure. Martyrosian had previously tried to tempt Djuraev into higher loads by clever increasing, but in the end, had to bear the consequences himself.
The Armenian then went twice to the required load of 238 kg but failed to clean the load both times.
The Latvian Arturs Plesnieks (180 kg/230 kg) won bronze and crowned his career with this probably greatest success so far. Especially the faultless series in the clean and jerk paved the way for the 29-year-old veteran and protégé of Eduards Andruskevics to win the bronze medal.
The Russian athlete Timur Naniev (188 kg/221 kg) had to be satisfied with fourth place after an invalid third attempt. Due to some more jury decisions within this weight class, the current discussion about the competition rules was further fueled. Although the jury did not judge arbitrarily, it did scrutinize a large number of attempts with particular rigor – in some cases hardly comprehensible to the outsider.
The only 20-year-old Bulgarian Hristo Hristov (189 kg/219 kg) placed fifth. He was in close contact with the world’s best athletes especially in the snatch, but in the clean and jerk, he had to rank behind the older athletes. The top eight were completed by Yunseong Jin (180 kg/220 kg) from Korea, Arkadiusz Michalski (175 kg/216 kg) from Poland, and Wesley Kitts (177 kg/213 kg) from the USA.
Kitts set a new American record in the snatch but was unable to match his best in the clean and jerk. In the end, however, it was enough for another top-eight for the USA Weightlifting team.
Iranian Ali Hashemi (184 kg/-) had a sad day. After three valid snatch attempts, he failed three times on his clean and jerk attempts and left the stage in Tokyo without an official total result.
The last weightlifting competition of these Olympic Games will be tomorrow traditionally the decision in the super heavyweight over 109 kg. All eyes will be on Georgian Lasha Talakhadze, who will surely want to push his world records in the snatch, the clean and jerk, and the total.
START LIST MEN +109 kg, B-Group (13:50 PM/06:50 AM)
|ATHLETE||DATE OF BIRTH||TOTAL ENTRY|
|TPE HSIEH Yun-Ting||08.08.1999||390 kg|
|🇺🇸 WILKES Caine Morgan||10.07.1987||405 kg|
|🇪🇸 RUIZ I VELASCO Marcos||13.10.1996||400 kg|
|🇦🇹 MARTIROSJAN Sargis||14.09.1986||385 kg|
|🇭🇺 NAGY Peter||16.01.1986||370 kg|
|🇮🇱 LITVINOV David||23.09.1993||400 kg|
START LIST MEN +109 kg, A-Group (19:50 PM/12:50 AM)
|ATHLETE||DATE OF BIRTH||TOTAL ENTRY|
|🇨🇿 ORSAG Jiri||05.01.1989||421 kg|
|🇸🇾 ASAAD Man||20.11.1993||430 kg|
|🇳🇱 KUWORGE Enzo Kofi||31.08.2001 (J)||420 kg|
|🇳🇿 LITI David Andrew||11.07.1996||412 kg|
|🇬🇪 TALAKHADZE Lasha||02.10.1993||460 kg|
|🇹🇲 TOYCHYYEV Hojamuhammet||16.01.1992||430 kg|
|🇩🇿 BIDANI Walid||11.06.1994||430 kg|
|🇮🇷 DAVOUDI Ali||22.03.1999||442 kg|