Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This class matched the last three World Champions – Roman Konstantinov of Russia (2007), Kazakhstan’s Ilya Ilyin (2006), and Azerbaijani Nizami Paşayev (2005). In the B Group, held in the afternoon, Konstantinov’s teammate, Khadzhimurat Akkayev, lifted 185.0 kg in the snatch, which nobody would match in the A Group. He then cleaned & jerked 217.0 kg and predicted that his total of 402.0 kg would win the gold medal. However, Poland’s Szymon Kołecki, world record holder in the clean & jerk, lifted 224.0 kg in that lift and totalled 403.0 kg. He was then beaten by Ilyin who put up 226 kg in the clean & jerk to win the gold medal with a total of 406.0 kg. Paşayev had the best snatch in Group A with 181.0 kg but struggled in clean & jerk and placed only fifth, while Konstantinov was never a factor, finishing eighth.
Akkayev’s total held on for a rare B Group bronze medal, but he was not happy. He started in the B Group because of his low starting weight which he attributed to his coach, noting, “My coach is a jerk. If I had competed in Group A I would have won the gold.” Ilyin would return in 2012 and defend his gold medal in London.
|10||José Juan Navarro||27||Spain||ESP||383.0||173.0||210.0|