Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze broke two world records on September 23 at the World Weightlifting Championships in Tbilisi by snatching 264 kg lift and in the clean and jerk – a total of 478 kg.
Georgian Weightlifter Talakhadze Breaks Two World Records
By Tea Mariamidze
Monday, September 24
That is the most amount of weight anyone has ever snatched in a weight-lifting competition in recorded history.
Talakhadze is competing in the +105 kg category. He also became the champion of Georgia in this category.
The sportsman represented Georgia at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships and originally finished second with a total of 454 kg, being declared the winner after Aleksey Lovchev failed a doping test.
At the 2016 Olympics he completed a snatch of 215 kg to break the world record of 214 kg set by Behdad Salimi, who took the record back with 216 kg, equaling the all-time highest set by Antonio Krastev of Bulgaria in 1987 and then completed a clean & jerk of 258 kg to set a new world record total of 473 kg and win the gold medal.
He set a new world record in the snatch at the 2017 European Weightlifting Championships with 217 kg, and in the process broke the all-time highest snatch.
At the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, Talakhadze broke his own snatch record with 220 kg, and he went on to set a new world record for the total with 477 kg, also breaking the all-time highest total of Leonid Taranenko from 1988.
In 2017, the Georgian National Olympic Committee awarded him the title of Georgia's Sportsperson of the Year.