Oleg Proshak Wins the Super

Oleg Proshak meets the bar on his 235-kg third attempt clean and jerk at the 2015 European Weightlifting Championships. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen photo

Tbilisi—Chingiz Mogushkov (Russia) missed 190 kg on his first attempt in the snatch and looked pretty disgusted about it, and confidently moved up to 194 on his second attempt.  Irakil Turmanidze (Georgia) opened with a crisp 192-kg success and so the stage was set in what was likely to be the battle for the gold medal in the snatch—Turnmandize was vocally supported by what was the largest live crowd drawn by the 2015 European Weightlifting Championships, while Mogushkov was acknowledged merely as a courtesy, it seemed.

Mogushkov smoked 194 kg on his second attempt, Turmanidze answered with 197 kg on his second attempt and then he uncorked a huge crowd pleaser when he hit 201 kg on his third attempt. The one remaining attempt belonged to Mogushkov, who nailed 202 kg, and to add insult to injury, he boasted of his supremacy by thrusting his index finger toward the crowd. The bronze medal in the snatch went to Oleg Proshak (Urkaine)—he ran through three good snatches, finishing with 200 kg.

Of the leaders, Turmanidze opened first in the clean and jerk, and he delighted the crowd when he made a good lift with 225 kg. Proshak opened with 230 kg, as did Mogushkov and both lifts were good. Turmanidze made 231 kg on his second attempt and Proshak answered with 232 kg on his second attempt. Turmanidze was to give the crowd more to cheer about because when he made 234 kg on his third attempt, he had the fans on their feet.  Proshak took 235 kg on his last attempt, made it, pushing Turmanidze to the silver in the total on bodyweight.

Mogushkov had come out with a bow when he started the clean and jerks, but there was a feeling that the crowd would not be heartbroken if he missed his second attempt, 236 kg, and he obliged them: the cleaned the weight and made a weak attempt at jerking it, appearing to be passing out. He repeated but this time while he racked the bar, he couldn’t stand up with it, leaving him with the bronze medal in the total.


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