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Georgian Weightlifter Talakhadze Wins European Championship

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Tuesday, April 3
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze won the gold medal at the European Championship in Bucharest on Sunday.

He had successful performance in snatch lifts. He lifted 200 and then 210 kilogram.

As for clean and jerk, Talakhadze lifted 225 kilograms and then 227.

Another Georgian weightlifter Irakli Turmanidze was also successful in all three attempts at snatch [185, 190, 192] and won the silver medal at the Championship.

Talakhadze, 24, has already won the world, European championships and the Olympics.

Thanks to the athlete the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) will award weightlifters of 2017 in Tbilisi on May 8, which will be the first international sport award ceremony in Georgia.

The decision to hold the event in Tbilisi is much to the merit of Georgiaís weightlifting world champion and record-breaking athlete, Lasha Talakhadze, who broke three world records in competition last year and became the weightlifter of 2017 after an IWF poll.

Talakhadze was crowned world champion in December 2017 at the World Weightlifting Championships tournament, rounding off a successful year.

At the 2016 Olympics, Talakhadze completed a snatch of 215 kg (breaking the world record of 214 kg set by Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimi (who then took the record back with 216 kg) and then completed a clean and jerk of 258 kg to set a new world record of 473 kg and win a gold medal.