Record-breaking Georgian Olympic Weightlifter Eyes 'risky' Goal
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Thu 05th August 2021 | 08:20 AM
Tokyo, Aug 5 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th Aug, 2021 ) :Georgian super-heavyweight weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze is eyeing the sport's holy grail of a combined lift of 500 kilograms after smashing three world records on his way to Olympic gold in Tokyo.
Talakhadze hoisted a total of 488kg in the +109kg category on Wednesday, comprising 223kg in the snatch and 265kg in the clean and jerk.
He is eyeing a 500kg lift, a feat once considered impossible but now just 12kg away.
"At this stage it would be risky, but I will try my utmost and I will do everything in order to set the nearest margin at least to that limit," he said.
"First of all, I will do what is necessary to win -- the rest we will see what happens during the competitions and what my chief coach will decide." Talakhadze, who was banned for two years in 2013 after testing positive for anabolic steroids, was confident weightlifting's well-publicised doping issues would not result in the sport being dropped from the Olympics.
"Those who deserve punishment should be punished but as a sport it should stay in the programme."The International Olympic Committee has threatened to axe weightlifting from the Paris Games if the sport cannot clean up its act.
Weightlifting has recorded 110 doping offences at the Olympic Games -- more than a quarter of the total ever recorded across all sports -- with 49 athletes stripped of their medals, according to an AFP count.