Lasha Talakhadze (Georgian: ლაშა ტალახაძე; born 2 October 1993) is a Georgian weightlifter, Olympic Champion, three time World Champion, and four time European Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category (105 kg + until 2018 and 109 kg + starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories). He is a two time winner of the IWF Male Lifter of the Year.
Talakhadze at the 2016 Olympics
|Born||2 October 1993|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||170.10 kg (375 lb)|
|Coached by||Giorgi Asanidze|
|Achievements and titles|
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, 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 by a 22 kg margin over silver medallist Gor Minasyan.
Talakhadze represented Georgia at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships, and originally finished second with a total of 454 kg. In December 2015, Aleksey Lovchev (the original gold medalist and world record holder in the clean & jerk and total) failed a drug test, for Ipamorelin. The IWF stripped his gold medal and rescinded his world records, and as a result Talakhadze became world champion.
At the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships, Talakhadze broke his own snatch record with 220 kg, 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. 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.
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 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. 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. 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
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.
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. In 2017 and in 2018, 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. In 2019 he was named IWF Male Lifter of the Year for 2018.
2013 Doping BanEdit
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|2016||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||+105 kg||205||210||215 WR||2||242||247||258||1||473 WR|
|2010||Antalya, Turkey||+105 kg||157||162||27||–||–||–||–|
|2011||Paris, France||+105 kg||175||180||16||207||–||25||387||20|
|2015||Houston, United States||+105 kg||200||207||238||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|
|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||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||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||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|
- 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
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- 2019 European Championships Start Book
- 2019 European Championships Male Results
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- Georgier mit Weltrekord stärkster Mann der Welt
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