Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia has set a new world record in the over-105 kilogram weightlifting division with 473 total kilos to win the gold medal in a surprising upset over the heavily favored Behdad Salimi of Iran.
The 22-year-old Talakhadze lifted 215 kilos on the snatch and 258 on the clean and jerk to set the new mark. Salimi set the world record for the snatch with 216 kilos. But he could not complete any of his three attempts on the clean and jerk. Salimi appeared to disagree with the judges’ ruling on his first two tries and didn’t have the energy to complete the third. Gor Minasyan of Armenia won silver and Georgia’s Irakli Turmanidze took home the bronze.