At the end of the weightlifting competitions in Tokyo, the weightlifting fans witnessed the great show of Georgian Lasha Talakhadze (223 kg/265 kg). The fight for the other medals was almost a minor matter.
One could think that the competition of the multiple world and European champion, as well as Olympic champion from Rio, took place with no competitors. Because Talakhadze started his competition in the snatch and clean and jerk only after his competitors had already finished their attempts. After his valid first attempts in both disciplines, it was only a hunt for new world records, because nobody could take gold from him after 245 kg in the valid first attempt.
So Talakhadze came to Japan to pick up new world records in addition to winning the Olympics and did so in an impressive manner. In the snatch, he improved his own best mark from April 2021 (European Championships in Moscow) by another kilo and also took the chance to improve his record in the clean and jerk either. He took advantage of this opportunity in his third attempt with 265 kg, equalizing his own record from 2019 (World Championships in Pattaya). The combination of both records also meant a new world record in the total, which once again underlined the dominance of the Georgian – not only on this day.
Silver in this category went to Ali Davoudi of Iran (200 kg/241 kg) ahead of Man Asaad of Syria (190 kg/234 kg). While Talakhadze and Davoudi already had a 47 kg difference in the total, the Iranian distanced his contact Asaad by another 17 kg.
The large differences in performance were also evident in the following ranks and highlighted the absence of some top performers in this weight class. Among others, the two Armenians Minasyan and Aleksanyan, the silver and bronze medalists of the last World Championships in Pattaya, as well as the Brazilian Fernando Reis, who was suspended shortly before the Games due to a positive doping test, were missing in this competition.
The other places were fought by athletes who normally would not be found among the top 8 in competitions of this level. Fourth place went to Hojamuhammet Toychyyev of Turkmenistan (184 kg/230 kg) ahead of David Andrew Liti (178 kg/236 kg) of New Zealand.
At only 19 years of age, Dutchman Enzo Kufi Kuworge (175 kg/234 kg) placed sixth and will fill many Dutch weightlifting fans with pride. Because after 53 years of abstinence, Kuworge was the first “Dutchman” on an Olympic weightlifting stage. “Tyson”, as he’s called by his friends, mastered his personal Olympic debut decently and definitely whetted the appetite for further competitions with the 160 kg athlete, who competes for AC Mutterstadt in the German Weightlifting national league.
Seventh place went to Hungary’s Peter Nagy (178 kg/218 kg), who improved on his tenth place at the Olympic Games in Rio and, at the age of 35, will probably be approaching the end of his career.
10th Place for Austrian Sargis Martirosyan
For the Austrian Weightlifting Federation, there was another top ten by Sargis Martirosyan (180 kg/201 kg) at the end of the weightlifting competitions. Like Sarah Fischer two days ago, the “snatch specialist” ended up in 10th place. The Austrian did not compete in his actual up to 109 kg weight class, as it seemed more likely for him to qualify for the Olympics in the over 109 kg category. Unfortunately, things did not quite go according to plan for the 34-year-old, especially in his favorite discipline, the snatch. In the end, it was a total of 381 kg.
The weightlifting competitions at these Olympic Games ended today with the over 109 kg weight category. However, there were lots of top performances by the athletes, there are also lots of discussion points that need to be addressed in the coming weeks. The focus will certainly be on the following two issues that we will also be dealing with extensively.