European Weightlifting Championships: Oleg Sirghi Wins the 56s

Without defending Senior European champion Valentin Hristov (Azerbaijan) in the field, Oleg Sirghi (Moldavia) was able to turn last year’s silver into gold via a 116-kg snatch and a 145 kg clean and jerk. 

Oleg Sirghi capped off a string of three good snatches with this 116-kg lift, on his way to winning the 56-kg class at last night’s Senior European Weightlifting Championships in Tirana, Albania.  IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.

Sirghi opened with 109 kg, for a good lift and followed that with two more successful attempts: 113 kg and 116 kg, with the last putting him in gold medal position with just one attempt left.  That attempt belonged to Asen Muradov (Bulgaria), who had finished in fourth place in the total at last year’s European Championships.  Muradov had missed 115 kg on his opener, came back to make it and then he built on that success with another good lift to win the gold medal in the snatch with 118 kg.

Muradov needed every bit of his lead coming into the clean and jerk because he opened with 133 kg (good lift), compared to Sirghi’s 140 kg (also a good lift).  Muradov, playing things conservatively, made two more good lifts, 136 kg and 140 kg, and then had to watch as Sirghi sailed by him with a successful 145 kg second attempt.  Gold medals in the jerk and total secure, Sirghi jumped 10 kg to 155 kg on his third attempt, but he missed the jerk—going into a deep split but unable to fix the bar overhead.  The bronze medal in the total went to veteran competitor Tom Goegebuer (Belgium), with a 248-kg total.

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