Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze won the gold medal shattering the world record, the first gold medal for Georgia in Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze lifted 218 kgs in the snatch and 258 kgs in the clean and jerk, for an overall score of 473 kilos, well ahead of others to win the gold medal and in the process he set a new world record for the overall total, breaking the previous record of 472 kgs set by Hossein Rezazadeh of Iran in Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Being in a winning position already, Lasha Talakhadze went onto to attempt to lift 258 kgs in the clean and jerk to break the world record and he successfully did it.
Armenia’s Gor Minasyan, the next best contestant, won the silver medal lifting 210 kgs in snatch and 241 kgs in clean and jerk for an overall score of 451 kilos, 22 kgs behind the gold medal winner.
Georgia’s Irakli Turmanidze won the bronze medal lifting 207 kgs in snatch and 241 kgs in clean and jerk for an overall score of 448 kilos.
With these two medals, Georgia now have 5 medals which include 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.