Voices from Russia

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


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



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