August 17th, 2016

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Olympic Champion From Georgia


Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia won gold in the 105+ class at the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio.

He set two Olympic records and two world records tonight.

216KG snatch! And 473KG in total!

Outstanding performance of a 22-year old athlete. He did 6-for-6 lifting and won the Olympic title!

I have to check my notes but I think he is the first superheavyweight from Georgia to reach this caliber in Olympic weightlifting.


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Georgian Night in Rio


Georgian superhevyweights won gold and bronze Olympic medals in the over 105KG class in Rio.

Both Lasha Talakhadze and Irakli Turmanidze had a phenomenal performance. They lifted 6-for-6 and made their nation proud for great lifting results.

Gor Minasyan of Armenia won the silver medal in total.

Talakhadze set two Olympic records and two world records.

First, in the snatch he lifted 215 KG in his third attempt. It was a world record but it didn’t last long. A few minutes later Behdad Salimikordasiabi used his third attempt to snatch a new world record of 216 KG.

Overall, it was a night of impressive snatch lifting. Four lifters sntched over 200KG – Salimikordasiabi (216), Talakhadze (215) Minasyan (210) and Turmanidze (207).

On the other hand, only Lasha Talakhadze was able to lift over 250KG in the clean-and-jerk program. He lifted 258 KG in the third attempt and set new world record in total – 473 KG. The previous record was set set 16 years ago by mighty Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh in Sydney.

There were a few controversial decisions by the officials tonight. Behdad Salimikordasiabi was eliminated from competition after three unsuccessful attempts at 245KG. The first attempt was no lift because of 2-0ut-of-3 red lights. The second attempt got three white lights but it was ruled out. The third attempt was no lift.

It was highly problematic to over rule the decision of the judges in the second attempt. Obviously, it will need further clarification because it robbed Iranian athlete of the medal in Rio. No lift for Mart Seim of Estonia in the clean-and-jerk of 250KG was another questionable call by the officials.

Still, the 105+KG class competition was pure excitement to watch. World records were set, dramatic turns on leading poundage and new faces on the Olympic medal stand.

Great grand finale of the Olympic weightlifting tournament in Rio!


2016 Summer Olympics
Location: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [105+ kg]More Info On 2016 Summer Olympics</p>
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Lasha TALAKHADZE, Georgia 215+ 258 = 473
2 Gor MINASYAN, Armenia 210+ 241 = 451
3 Irakli TURMANIDZE, Georgia 207+ 241 = 448
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Tamas Ajan: Olympic Weightlifting Prospective For Tokyo-2020


After the Games we will suspend these countries. I give a guarantee about this… (It) will be Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus

Tamas Ajan to AFP at the Rio Games

Rio de Janeiro: The International Weightlifting Federation will ban Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus from competing for one year after the Rio Olympics finish because of doping, its chief told AFP in an interview.

IWF president Tamas Ajan said the governing body would announce the bans at the end of September or beginning of October, adding that he expected to punish several other nations as well.

“After the Games we will suspend these countries. I give a guarantee about this… (It) will be Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus,” Ajan told AFP at the Rio Games.

Weightlifting has long been afflicted by doping scandals and the IWF has undertaken a major crackdown on athletes using performance-enhancing drugs, often from former Soviet Union or Eastern Bloc countries.

It prevented Russia and Bulgaria, both traditional powerhouses, from competing in weightlifting at the Rio Olympics for repeated and high-profile doping offences.

The IWF had also wanted to bar Kazakhstan and Belarus but the International Olympic Committee was unable to complete retesting of samples from the Beijing and London Games in time.

The weightlifting body adopted a resolution in June that said any country who returns three or more positive drugs tests from the reanalysis of samples from the last two Olympics would be suspended for a year.

“The reanalysing is not finished. I am awaiting more information but I expect there will be some more countries that we will suspend,” said the 77-year-old Ajan.

“We wish weightlifting to be a clean sport and there’s only one way. We have to ban all the countries which violate our rules.

“I think at end of September, October we will announce which countries will be suspended,” Ajan added, saying it would be a “very painful decision” for him.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Turkey are the countries most at threat of being suspended, according to public disclosures showing failed tests posted on the IWF website.

Cleaner Tokyo

Ajan’s comments cast some doubt on the legitimacy of the seven medals won by Kazakhstan and Belarus in Brazil, before the weightlifting competition, which ends later Tuesday, has even finished.

Kazakhs have won five medals at the 2016 Games — one gold, a silver, and three bronze — while Belarusians have claimed two second-place podium finishes.

There’s absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing amongst these athletes, however, with the imminent bans stemming from cheating at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

Retesting of samples from those Games recently unearthed at least 20 positive results in weightlifting, including Kazakhstan’s double Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin.

Several lifters are waiting to be upgraded to medal status after those who failed drugs tests are stripped of their podium finishes from London and Beijing.

The IWF banned Russian weightlifters from competing in Rio following the explosive McLaren report which detailed state-sponsored doping in the country.

It banned Bulgaria after multiple positive tests during qualification.

The IWF also punished North Korea, Romania, Uzbekistan and Moldova by reducing their allocation of lifters. Azerbaijan was effectively banned when its quota of weightlifters was stripped to zero.

Nine weightlifters who previously served doping bans, including three gold medallists, have won medals at Rio, while four others were sent home for failed tests before they were due to compete.

Ajan hopes that the IWF’s crackdown means that when the next Olympics rolls around in four years time in Tokyo, weightlifting will have shed its image as a sport of dopers.

“I don’t say that we will be in an absolutely doping free situation. But I’m an optimist that for 2020 we will be in a completely new situation,” he said.

Source: News18

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Summertime in Boston


Avalon North Station Tower, a new 38-story apartment tower next to TD Garden on Causeway Street.

August 17, 2016 12:30 p.m. 81F (27C) deg.

Humidity 66%.

Pretty soon all of us should be able to have a newly built condo in  Boston. If we can afford it, of course.

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Three Attempts At 245KG by Behdad Salimi in Rio 2016

Behdad “Salimi” Salimikordasiabi of Iran was eliminated from the pursuit of his second Olympic title after failing to clean-and-jerk 245KG at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

The attached video features all three attempts to lift 245KG by Salimi. The first got 2 red lights out of 3. The second lift was successful and got all 3 white lights but was ruled out as “no lift”.

The decision caused reasonable questions and, by all means, requires a public clarification from the officials. We went to the for the official interpretation of the event but the site was hacked down.

With a phenomenal 216KG world record and gold medal in the snatch program, Salimi was a real contender perrhaps for a gold medal or, for sure, a medal in the total in the tournament.

While waiting for the IWF site to be back, we can review the video of failed clean-and-jerk lifts by Behdad Salimi in Rio last night.



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Full House in Riocentro


Here is a phot0 of the crowd of spectators that came to the Riocentro – Pavilion 2 to watch the competition in the over 105KG class at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Olympic weightlifting is not the top popularity sports. It’s highly specialized and mostly attended by acting and former lifters, family members and friends.

It’s nice to see full house in the weightlifting arenas.

My guess people are excited to see big guys in the super heavyweight class.

Plus Fernando Reis of Brazil  is a contender for the medals tonight.

Way to go!