Kakhi Kakhiashvili (Georgian: კახი კახიაშვილი, Greek: Ακάκιος "Κάχι" Κακιασβίλης; born 13 July 1969 in Tskhinvali, South Ossetian AO, Georgian SSR, USSR) is a Georgian-Greek weightlifter, is one of only four weightlifters to have won three consecutive gold medals at Olympic Games. He won his first at Barcelona 1992, competing with the Unified Team, and later as a citizen of Greece at Atlanta 1996 and in Sydney 2000. He won three Senior World Championships (1995, 1998, 1999), was twice a silver medalist at the Senior World Championships (1993 and 1994), and set seven world records during his career.
|Birth name||Kakhi Kakhiashvili|
|Born||13 July 1969|
Tskhinvali, Georgian SSR
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Kakhiashvili was born in Tskhinvali, Georgia, to a Georgian father and a Greek mother, Maria Lamprianidi. He is renowned in weightlifting circles for his uncanny ability to lift exactly what was required to win. Dubbed as a "computer" by some competitors, he also had the ability to block out everything that was not relevant to the competition at hand.
At the 1992 Summer Olympics lifting for the Unified Team in the 90 kg category, he went against the instructions of his coach Vasily Alexeev, the all-time weightlifting great. His coach wanted his Russian teammate Sergey Syrtsov to win the contest and did not let Kakhiashvili try to lift heavier to beat the Russian. During the snatch portion of the competition, it looked like Sergey Syrtsov was going to win, with a 12.5 kg lead over Kakhiashvili from an Olympic Record 190.0 kg snatch. During the clean & jerk portion of the competition Kakhiashvili lifted 225.0 kg on his second attempt, giving him a total of 402.5 kg, a full 10.0 kg less than Syrstov. Kakhi ordered 10 kg more to be put on the bar in order to beat his Russian teammate. He successfully lifted the 235.0 kg clean and jerk, giving him a total of 412.5 kg. Event though his total tied Syrstov, Kakhiashvili won the gold medal due to virtue of a lighter bodyweight, (89.25 kg vs. 89.45 kg) this performance established his right to the title of one of the sports elite lifters.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|1992||Barcelona, Spain||–90 kg||170.0||175.0||177.5||2||220.0||225.0||235.0 =WR||1||412.5 =OR|
|1996||Atlanta, United States||–99 kg||180.0||185.0||3||220.0||225.0||235.0 WR||1||420.0 WR|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||–94 kg||180.0||185.0||1||220.0||—||—||3||405.0|
|2004||Athens, Greece||–94 kg||180.0||4||—||—||—|
|1993||Melbourne, Australia||–91 kg||175.0||180.0||200.0||215.0||225.0||402.5|
|1994||Istanbul, Turkey||–91 kg||172.5||177.5||210.0||220.0||397.5|
|1995||Guangzhou, China||–99 kg||182.5||225.0||227.5||410.0|
|1998||Lahti, Finland||–94 kg||175.0||180.0||215.0||220.0||—||400.0|
|1999||Athens, Greece||–94 kg||180.0||185.0||188.0 WR||222.5||225.0||412.5 WR[a]|
|1992||Szekszárd, Hungary||–90 kg||175.0||225.0||400.0|
|1993||Sofia, Bulgaria||–91 kg||180.0||222.5||402.5|
|1994||Sokolov, Czech Republic||–91 kg||180.0||200.0||400.0|
|1995||Warsaw, Poland||–91 kg||180.0||228.5 WR||407.5|
|1996||Stavanger, Norway||–99 kg||165.0||170.0||210.0||222.5||—||392.5|
|1998||Riesa, Germany||–94 kg||165.0||170.0||172.5||4||207.5||380.0|
|1999||A Coruña, Spain||–94 kg||172.5||177.5||217.5||222.5||225.0||402.5|
|2003||Loutraki, Greece||–94 kg||167.5||177.5||5||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004||Kiev, Ukraine||–94 kg||172.5||177.5||6||215.0||4||392.5||4|
|Junior World Championships|
|1988||Athens, Greece||–82.5 kg||170.0||NA||NA||NA||NA|
|1989||Fort Lauderdale, United States||–90 kg||170.0||225.0 JWR||395.0|
Notes and referencesEdit
- a Not a world record at the time of the competition, became a world record when IWF decided to eliminate the world standards from the list of World Records on 24 June 2008.
- Akakios Kakiasvili Bio, Stats, and Results. Sports Reference. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Akakide Kakhiashvilis @ Lift Up Hall of Fame. Lift Up. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
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- "IWF eliminates World Standards from World Record list". International Weightlifting Federation. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2017.