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Georgian giant snaps world mark

Georgian strong man Lasha Talakhadze broke his own world record to retain the title in the men’s heaviest weight class at the Tokyo Olympics yesterday with a combined lift of 488 kilograms.

Talakhadze, who won a gold at the 2016 Rio Games in the same category, lifted 223kg for the snatch and 265kg for the clean and jerk to also break his own world records in the two categories.

“I feel pretty good — I have just gained a second Olympic gold medal and of course I have also set another world record,” Talakhadze said through an interpreter.

“We were for a long time looking forward to the Olympics and to win this gold.”

His total was 47kg more than Iran’s Ali Davoudi, who took silver in the men’s +109kg class. Syria’s Man Asaad took the bronze with 424kg.

Talakhadze, who becomes the first Georgian athlete to win multiple Olympic golds in any sport, aims to compete in the Paris Games in 2024.

The sport is facing the risk of removal from the Games over persistent doping issues. Talakhadze said that offenders should get what they deserve but that the sport should be included in the Paris Games.


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