Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 2, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 10, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
With only 14 athletes entered in this weight class, anything could happen. However, the nod had to go to the reigning Olympic, and three-time World champion, [Lu Xiaojun] of China, despite failing to register a total at the 2015 World Championships, when he won the snatch. Egyptâs [Mohamed Ihab], the silver medalist at the last two World Championships, and known for big lifts near the end of a competition, was also fighting for a medal, as was the Kazakhstanâs [Nidzhat Rakhimov], the former Azerbaijani, who had just returned from a two-year doping ban.
With three lifters tied in first place in the snatch at 165 kg, [Andranik Karapetyan] of Armenia and Lu broke that up with 170 kg + lifts. Lu then broke his own three-year-old snatch world record of 176 kg by lifting 1 kg more. That took him into the clean & jerk with a lead of 3 kg. It appeared the 77 kg gold medal was Luâs to lose after Karapetyan suffered a ghastly arm injury on his second attempt at the clean & jerk. Rakhimov, who was 12 kg behind when Lu finished his lifts, surprisingly stole the gold medal, but it took a world record lift of 214 kg, and tied Lu on 379 kg, but the Kazakhstan lifter took the gold medal by virtue of his lighter body weight.
Upon winning bronze, Ihab, one of six weightlifting brothers, was the first Egyptian to win an Olympic medal in this middleweight class since 1936, when countryman [Khadr El-Touni] won gold at the Berlin Games.
Side note: Kazakhstan, who lost five Olympic titles from 2008 and 2012 through retrospective doping positives, was only allowed to compete because their outstanding doping cases were not fully processed in time for the 2016 Games.
|8||Choe Jon-Wi||23||North Korea||PRK||76.54||343|
|11||Sathish Kumar Sivalingam||24||India||IND||76.96||329|