Men’s weightlifting in Rio had another climactic finish as 77-kg competitor Nijat Rahimov (Kazakhstan) did what most would have thought impossible as he closed a 12-kg gap on Lyu Xiaju, to beat the Chinese star on bodyweight.
Rio Report: Men’s 77-kg class
by Jim Schmitz
Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov broke a 15-year old world record by 4 kilos in order to win the gold medal in the 77- kg class.
It was unbelievable as China’s Lyu Xiaojun had set a world record in the snatch with 177 kg and with his 202-kg clean and jerk, he had a 12 kilo lead. No one thought Rahimov had a chance, but he did it, an amazing lift of 214 kilos by a 77-kg man!
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