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 â [Roman Konstantinov] of Russia (2007), Kazakhstanâs [Ilya Ilyin] (2006), and Azerbaijani [Nizami PaÅayev] (2005). In the B Group, held in the afternoon, Konstantinovâs 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, Polandâs [Szymon KoÅecki], 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. PaÅayev 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.
Akkayevâs 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, âMy coach is a jerk. If I had competed in Group A I would have won the gold.â Ilyin would return in 2012 and defend his gold medal in London.
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