While Iran’s Sohrab Moradi was unable to establish a new World record in the men’s 94 kg weightlifting competition, he did managed to win his nation’s second Olympic medal of these Games.
Moradi essentially clinched gold on his first attempt in the clean and jerk, as he lifted 221 kilograms to push his weight total up to 403 kilograms (approximately 888.5 pounds). Moradi lifted 182 kg in the snatch portion of the competition, hitting that mark on his third lift. In the clean and jerk Moradi made two attempts at 234 kilograms, which would have broken the world records in that lift and the overall weight total, but was unable to even attempt a catch on the clean portion.
Taking silver was Vadzim Straltsou of Belarus with a total weight lifted of 395 kilograms, with Lithuania’s Aurimas Didzbalis taking bronze at 392 kilos. Following his final attempt of the evening Didzbalis showed his appreciation for the crowd by making a heart and doing a back flip on the platform. All three medalists are the first ever for their respective nations in this weight class, and in the case of Didzbalis he is Lithuania’s first-ever weightlifting medalist.
WATCH: Lithuanian weightlifter celebrates bronze with backflip
Moradi joins countryman Kianoush Rostami as Iran’s medalists in Rio, with Rostami taking gold in the 85 kg weightlifting competition.
American Kendrick Farris, who lifted in Group B, finished 11th with a total weight lifted of 357 kilograms. Of the ten lifters in Group B, only Ukraine’s Volodymyr Hoza (375 kg) and South Korea’s Han-Woong Park (367 kg) lifted more weight than Farris.
Lim Hyo-Jun, a short track speed skater who won South Korea’s first gold medal of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, has been cleared to skate for China and was reportedly named to the national team Monday.
Lim, who won the 1500m on the first day of medal competition at the PyeongChang Games, began the process of switching to China after a June 2019 incident where he pulled down a teammate’s trousers, leaving him standing, exposed, in front of female teammates.
Lim, the 2019 World overall champion, was banned from the team for a year and later found guilty of sexual harassment before the verdict was overturned on appeal.
It was reported in March 2021 that Lim was in the process of trying to gain Chinese nationality to compete at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but Lim was not cleared to switch by the International Skating Union until this July. His Chinese name is Lin Xiaojun.
Another star South Korean skater, triple 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-Soo, switched to Russia after not making the 2010 Olympic team. He then won three golds for the host nation as Viktor Ahn at the 2014 Sochi Games.
China’s national team for the upcoming season reportedly does not include veterans Wu Dajing, the nation’s lone gold medalist across all sports at the 2018 Olympics, and Fan Kexin, a three-time Olympic medalist.
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World record holder Brigid Kosgei withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon due to a right hamstring injury that has bothered her for the last month.
“My training has been up and down and not the way I would like to prepare to be in top condition,” was posted on Kosgei’s social media. “We’ve decided it’s best I withdraw from this year’s race and get further treatment on my injuries in order to enter 2023 stronger than ever.”
Kosgei, a 28-year-old Kenyan mother of twins, shattered the world record by 81 seconds at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04 to smash Brit Paula Radcliffe‘s record from 2003.
Since, Kosgei won the 2020 London Marathon, took silver at the Tokyo Olympics, placed fourth at the 2021 London Marathon and won this past March’s Tokyo Marathon in what was then the third-fastest time in history (2:16:02).
Ethiopian Tigist Assefa moved into the top three by winning the Berlin Marathon last Sunday in 2:15:37.
The London Marathon women’s field includes Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, a winner in New York City (2019) and London (2021), and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who was the Ethiopian record holder until Assefa won in Berlin.
The men’s field is headlined by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest male marathoner in history, and Brit Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic champion on the track.
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