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1,067 pounds! Georgian super heavyweight breaks world record total at weightlifting worlds

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The world’s strongest man? It’s still Georgian super heavyweight Lasha Talakhadze, who capped the world weightlifting championships by breaking his own world record, totaling 484 kilograms (1,067 pounds) between the snatch and clean and jerk.

Talakhadze, a 25-year-old who weights 371 pounds, earned his fourth straight world title to go along with his Rio Olympic crown. He won by 53 pounds over Armenian Gor Minasyan.

Talakhadze held previous world records of 478kg set at the European Championships in April and 477kg from the 2017 Worlds.

Talakhadze served a two-year doping ban from 2013-15 for taking the popular banned steroid Stanozolol.

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Kate Nye leads U.S. one-two at weightlifting worlds

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Kate Nye, a 20-year-old who spent more than half her life doing gymnastics, is now a world champion in weightlifting, three years after dropping CrossFit to focus on the sport.

Nye won the 71kg division at the world championships in Thailand on Monday, becoming the second American to win a world title since 1994 (Sarah Robles, 2017).

She broke the junior world record with a 112kg (246-pound) snatch and clean-and-jerked 136kg (299 pounds) en route to becoming the youngest U.S. woman to earn an Olympic or world title. Nye did so three months after winning a world junior title.

“I’m happy that I did what I had to for the win, but, as an athlete, you’re trained to not be satisfied with what you do because then you’re not going to make any progress,” she told media in Thailand, noting failing her last clean and jerk at 141kg for what would have been a junior world record total. “We went into this year knowing that we had to kill it. … If we want to make the Olympics, we’ve got to do some big things.”

She was joined on the podium by Mattie Rogers, giving the U.S. its first one-two women’s finish at an Olympics or worlds. The last men’s one-two was in 1955, back when the U.S. was a world lifting power.

Rogers, who just missed the Rio Olympic team, earned her second world silver medal in three years.

The Olympics do not have a 71kg division. Nye came to worlds in 10th place in the Olympic qualification rankings at 76kg, where she earned bronze at the Pan American Games on July 29.

Robles, who competes Friday, is the lone U.S. lifter to earn an Olympic medal since 2000. She took super heavyweight bronze in Rio.

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U.S. ends world weightlifting title drought; transgender lifter gets silver

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Sarah Robles, who in Rio earned the first U.S. Olympic weightlifting medal since 2000 (super heavyweight bronze), on Tuesday became the first American to win a world title since 1994.

The 29-year-old lifted two fewer kilograms than she did in Rio — a total of 626 pounds between the snatch and the clean and jerk in Anaheim, Calif.

The last American to win a world title was Robin Byrd in 1994.

New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard took silver with 606 total pounds, the first-ever world medal for her country.

Hubbard, 39, previously competed in men’s weightlifting as Gavin Hubbard, according to Reuters, which reported that Hubbard continued to decline interviews Tuesday, as she has for much of this year.

“She stayed away because she was embarrassed, probably,” Robles’ coach, Tim Swords, said, according to Reuters. “When Sarah beat Hubbard in the snatch, we were congratulated by multiple coaching staffs. Nobody wanted her to win.”

Hubbard may be the first openly transgender athlete to compete at a world championships in an Olympic sport. No openly transgender athlete has competed at an Olympics, though Olympic rules allow it.

Robles, Hubbard and others benefited from the absence of countries banned for doping issues, like weightlifting powers China and Russia, and North Korea, another strong lifting nation, not sending a team.

Chinese and North Korean lifters won gold and silver in the super heavyweight division in Rio.

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