Elbakh set two new Games records in Tokyo when he won Qatar’s sixth Olympic medal and second in weightlifting.
Weightlifter Fares Elbakh broke two Games records in Tokyo when he became Qatar’s first Olympic champion in history.
The global silver medalist of 2019 dominated the 96 kg for men on Saturday and set new points for clean and jerk (225 kg) and total lift (402 kg).
“I am very honored to have won a gold medal during these Olympics,” said Elbakh, 23.
Keydomar Vallenilla takes second for Venezuela with a total of 387 kg, despite the fact that his last lift was excluded because he dropped the bar before receiving the signal.
Vallenilla lifted the same total as Anton Pliesnoi from third place in Georgia, but was ranked above Pliesnoi because he made his best clean sweep earlier in the competition.
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‘Take on the challenge’
Elbakh wins Qatar’s sixth Olympic medal and second in weightlifting, after Saif Asaad’s 105kg bronze in Sydney 2000.
“In the clean field, we did well. In the last period we have been working on cleaning. We have more space, so we needed the first or second attempt to be the winner, especially because my opponents were very good in Squat Snatch, ”said Elbakh after his victory.
‘That’s why we had to be in the clear, so the first attempt is the gold, or even the second. Thank God it worked out for us. It was a bit of a gamble, but it was worth it. And we faced the challenge. ”
Qatar sent athletes to the Los Angeles Olympics for the first time in 1984.
The first medal came eight years later in Barcelona when track and field athlete Mohamed Suleiman won bronze in the 1,500-meter race.
Qatar will host the World Cup at the end of next year.