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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Russia Takes Olympic Weightlifting Silver in Men’s Over 105 kilogrammes Class

Yegeny Chigishyov (1979- ), world championship weightlifter, Olympic gold-medallist

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Russia‘s Yevgeny Chigishyov won silver on Tuesday in the men’s over 105 kilogrammes (over 231 pounds) weightlifting event at the Beijing Olympics. The Russian led after the snatch in the super-heavy weight category and gold seemed within his grasp, but, Germany‘s Matthias Steiner came through in the clean and jerk to lift 258 kilogrammes (569 pounds) and with a total weight of 461 kilogrammes (1,016 pounds), beat Chigishev by just 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) to clinch the gold medal. The bronze went to Latvia‘s Viktors Scerbatihs who lifted a total weight of 448 kilogrammes (988 pounds). Russia is currently ranked 6th in the overall medal standings with 9 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze medals, while China tops the standings, boasting 41 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze medals.

19 August 2008

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20080819/116135205.html

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