Weightlifting: Men's 105kg Final



Right, hope you enjoyed that. Time to wrap it up - enjoy the rest of the Games, @Ugster1 signing off!

So a pretty comfortable win for Talakhadze in the end. He did serve a doping ban for a couple of years, so perhaps we shouldn't go crazy with the congratulations yet, but he certainly looked the best of that particular bunch.

Final Men's +105kg Olympic Weightlifting results: GOLD - Lasha Talakhadze, 473kg total SILVER - Gor Minasyan, 451kg total BRONZE - Irakli Turmamidze, 448kg. Georgians first and third, with an Armenian between them in second.

GOLD MEDAL FOR LASHA TALAKHADZE! Seemed to use the crowd to get worked up for that last lift. Looked pretty comfortable all the way through, well deserved. Shame there was a little controversy, but the judging, on this occasion at least, looked to be correct.

Siem back with his last attempt, at 255kg. Clean fine, jerk not. He ends at 430kg overall. Talakhadze going for 258kg, gets it, that's six clean lifts and a NEW WORLD RECORD for the combined - 473kg. More importantly...

Aleksanyan back out again for 254kg - can't make it, and not happy with the crowd. As mentioned in the comments, the fans haven't really been giving all the lifters the appropriate respect, although not sure if it's Brazilians or Iranians to blame...

We're up to 254kg on the bar now, which Aleksanyan can't lift.

Seim back for his second clean and jerk - we're up to 250kg now, that's over 39 stone. Gets the bar up, but not good enough - two red lights. Salimikordasiabi has apparently gone out to speak to the jury. Given the size of him they may need some new underwear...

Emmett Keane

Can we all agree that Brazilians have disgraced themselves every time a Brazilian is in play for a medal. Whole place thinks it's on an away day with West Hams Inter City Firm.

Talakhadze in the box seat now, he's out to try 247kg with his second lift. And that's easy, and that could well be gold. Quite a difference when compared with Salimikordasiabi. Saraiva Reis with his final attempt, also at 247kg...nope, can't get it going and he'll end with 435kg - 5th place at the moment.

...no, the Olympic Champion is out! From a world record to no lift. Obviously not happy with the jury, but to my untrained eye it looked the right call.