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Lasha Talakhadze (Georgian: ლაშა ტალახაძე; born 2 October 1993) is a Georgian weightlifter, Olympic Champion,[3] three time World Champion, and four time European Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category (105 kg + until 2018[4][4] and 109 kg + starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories).[5] He is a two time winner of the IWF Male Lifter of the Year.

Lasha Talakhadze (ლაშა ტალახაძე)
Lasha Talakhadze (GEO) Rio 2016.jpg
Talakhadze at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Georgia
Born (1993-10-02) 2 October 1993 (age 25)
Sachkhere, Georgia
Height1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight170.10 kg (375 lb)
Sport
Country Georgia
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)+109 kg
Coached byGiorgi Asanidze[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 220 kg (2017, WR[a])[2]
  • Clean and jerk: 260 kg (2019, CWR)
  • Total: 478 kg (2019, CWR)

Contents

CareerEdit

 
Talakhadze lifting 258 kg at the 2016 Olympics

OlympicsEdit

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). In the clean & jerk portion of the competition, Behdad Salimi initially completed a 245 kg lift on his second attempt, but it was overruled by the 5 member jury,[6] and was unable to complete his third attempt of 245 kg. Lasha then completed his next lift of 247 kg, giving him the lead after Salimi did not make a lift. He then completed a clean & jerk of 258 kg to set a new world record total of 473 kg and win the gold medal[7][8] by a 22 kg margin over silver medallist Gor Minasyan.

World ChampionshipsEdit

Talakhadze represented Georgia at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships, and originally finished second with a total of 454 kg.[9] In December 2015, Aleksey Lovchev (the original gold medalist and world record holder in the clean & jerk and total) failed a drug test,[10] for Ipamorelin.[11][12] The IWF stripped his gold medal and rescinded his world records, and as a result Talakhadze became world champion.[13]

At the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, Talakhadze broke his own snatch record with 220 kg,[14] giving him a 9 kg lead over former world record holder Behdad Salimi. In the clean & jerk portion of the competition he lifted 257 kg which set a new world record for the total with 477 kg, also breaking the all-time highest total of Leonid Taranenko from 1988.[15] In the competition he won all three gold medals, set 2 world records and had a 23 kg lead over the silver medalist Saeid Alihosseini.

In 2018, the IWF restructured the weight classes and nullified the existing world records. The 2018 World Weightlifting Championships were the first international competition with new weight classes and Talakhadze competed in the +109 kg category. In the snatch portion of the competition he opened with 207 kg which placed him in the silver medal position with Gor Minasyan being the only competitor with another attempt. After Minasyan missed his third attempt, Talakhadze had the gold medal in the snatch secured. For his last two lifts, after securing the gold medal, he successfully completed two world record lifts of 212 kg and 217 kg to put him 12 kg ahead of Minasyan after the snatch portion. In the clean & jerk portion of the competition he completed his first lift of 245 kg which set a new world record in the total, and would have won the gold medal in the total if he did not complete any more lifts. After Mart Seim failed to make a 251 kg clean & jerk, Talakhadze successfully completed a world record lift of 252 kg for his second lift. He finished the competition with another world record lift of 257 kg, and finished with a 474 kg total, a full 24 kg over silver medalist Minasyan.[16][17]

European ChampionshipsEdit

In his first competition after winning the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, 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[18] of 216 kg set by Antonio Krastev in 1987, and matched by Behdad Salimi at the 2016 Olympics.

In 2019 he competed in the 2019 European Weightlifting Championships which was held in Batumi in his home country of Georgia.[19] Apart from being the heavy favorite to win the +109 kg category, there were expectations that Talakhadze would increase upon his current world records. In the snatch portion of the competition he successfully lifted 208 kg in his first attempt (which would have been good for a gold medal), and then set a new world record with a 218 kg lift. Coming into the clean & jerk portion he lead fellow Georgian weightlifter Irakli Turmanidze by 12 kg, and his first lift of 245 kg secured him the gold medal in the total. His second lift of 260 kg set a new world record in the clean & jerk and in the total.[20] His total world record of 478 kg set during the competition is the highest total ever achieved in weightlifting, the previous highest of 477 kg was set by himself in 2017.

Awards and Other InformationEdit

World RecordsEdit

His 217 kg snatch at the 2017 European Weightlifting Championships and 2018 World Weightlifting Championships is the third highest weight ever lifted in the snatch, surpassed only by two of his own, 218 kg at the 2019 European Weightlifting Championships and 220 kg at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships which is the highest snatch of all time. His total of 478 kg at the 2019 European Weightlifting Championships is the highest total regardless of old bodyweight categories, the second highest total of all time (477 kg) was also set by Talakhadze, at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships. Throughout his career he has set 15 official senior world records.

Other AwardsEdit

In 2016, due to his world record setting performance at the 2016 Summer Olympics Talakhadze was awarded the President's Order of Excellence by Giorgi Margvelashvili.[21] In 2017[22] and in 2018,[23] the Georgian National Olympic Committee awarded him the title of Georgia's Sportsperson of the Year. In 2018 he was named the IWF Male Lifter of the Year for 2017.[24] In 2019 he was named IWF Male Lifter of the Year for 2018.[25]

2013 Doping BanEdit

In 2013 Talakhadze, among 4 other Russian weightlifters, was banned from competition for 2 years for doping.[26][27]

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +105 kg 205 210 215 WR 2 242 247 258 1 473 WR  
World Championships
2010   Antalya, Turkey +105 kg 157 162 162 27 180 180
2011   Paris, France +105 kg 175 180 187 16 207 207 25 387 20
2015   Houston, United States +105 kg 200 200 207   238 247 247   454  
2017   Anaheim, United States +105 kg 210 215 220 WR   243 250 257   477 WR  
2018   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan +109 kg 207 212 WR 217 WR   245 252 WR 257 WR   474 WR  
European Championships
2016   Førde, Norway +105 kg 200 207 212   235 241 251   463  
2017   Split, Croatia +105 kg 203 210 217 WR   238 245 250   467  
2018   Bucharest, Romania +105 kg 200 210 221   235 247   457  
2019   Batumi, Georgia +109 kg 208 218 CWR   245 260 CWR   478 CWR  
World Junior Championships
2013   Lima, Peru +105 kg 185 190 195   217 221   411  
U23 European Championships
2016   Eilat, Israel +105 kg 193 200 205   222 235   440  
European Junior Championships
2011   Bucharest, Romania +105 kg 175 180 185   205 212 217   402  
2012   Eilat, Israel +105 kg 175 183 190   205 222 232   412  
2013   Tallinn, Estonia +105 kg 182 190 210 225 415 DSQ
European Youth Championships
2010   Valencia, Spain +94 kg 150 155 158   175 182 187   345  

NotesEdit

  • CWR: Current world record
  • WR: World record
  • a His 220 kg snatch was a World Record until 2018 when the IWF restructured the weight classes, but is still the highest weight ever lifted in the snatch, his current personal best in the +109 kg category is 218 kg set at the 2019 European Weightlifting Championships

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giorgi Asanidze wins Coach of the Year". IWF.net. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Lasha Talakhazdze is one to watch at the 2018 IWF World Championships". IWF website. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  3. ^ Olympic.org. "Olympic Profile". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b Lasha Talakhadze. rio2016.com
  5. ^ PDF listing of 2018 Group A world championship entrants in 109 kg +
  6. ^ Reuters. "Weightlifting: Georgian lifts gold as Iran cry foul". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Lasha TALAKHADZE". Rio 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Lasha Talakhadze Wins Gold, Behdad Salimi Bombs Out After World Record Snatch". BarBend.com. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. ^ 2015 IWF World Championships iwf.net
  10. ^ Barbend.com. "Four Russian Weightlifters, Including Aleksey Lovchev, Banned for Doping". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. ^ "IWF suspends world champion Aleksei Lovchev". Associated Press. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Russian weight lifter Lovchev banned for 4 years for doping". Reuters. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "World champion among 4 Russian weightlifters caught doping". Associated Press. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ Tabula. "Georgian Weightlifter Sets New World Record". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  15. ^ Lift Up. "TARANENKO, 266KG: THE UNTOLD STORY". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  16. ^ IWF.net. "TALAKHADZE triumphed". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  17. ^ Agenda.ge. "Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze wins world championship, beats world record". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Lasha Talakhadze (GEO) Snatches World Record 217kg At 2017 IWF Euros". floelite.com. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  19. ^ 2019 European Championships Start Book
  20. ^ 2019 European Championships Male Results
  21. ^ IWF.net. "Lasha Talakhadze receives a Star". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  22. ^ "World record holder weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze crowned Georgia's Sportsperson of the Year". Agenda.ge. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze named best athlete of 2018". Agenda.ge. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  24. ^ Barbend.com. "Talakhadze and Valentin Are the IWF Lifters of the Year". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  25. ^ "Talakhadze and Valentin are Best for 2018 again". IWF.net. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  26. ^ Georgier mit Weltrekord stärkster Mann der Welt
  27. ^ "Doping Sanctions". Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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