Tokyo, 31 July 2021 (AlJazeera News)
Weightlifter Fares Elbakh shattered two Games records in Tokyo as he became Qatar’s first Olympic champion in history.
The 2019 world silver medalist dominated the men’s 96kg on Saturday, setting new marks for the clean and jerk (225kg) and total lift (402kg). “I’m very honoured to have won a gold medal during these Olympics,” said Elbakh, 23.
Keydomar Vallenilla took second for Venezuela with a total 387kg despite having his last lift ruled out for dropping the bar before he got the signal to do so.
Vallenilla lifted the same total as third-place Anton Pliesnoi of Georgia but was ranked above Pliesnoi because he made his best clean and jerk lift earlier in the competition.