Weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze scoops 4th World Champion title, sets new record

  • Lasha Talakhadze celebrates his World Champion title and a new world record. Photo: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

Agenda.ge, 27 Sep 2019 - 17:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia's weightlifting champion Lasha Talakhadze has earned his fourth global title and set new world records at the World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

Talakhadze, winner at World Championships in Houston in 2015, Anaheim in 2017 and Ashgabat in 2018, added the fourth prize to his growing collection after lifting a combined 484 kilograms in the Asian city to take the title.

His effort in snatch coming at 220kg was already a new world record for the section, however the athlete did not settle at that and followed the score with another record of 264kg in clean and jerk.

The combined result brought him both the new world record - an improvement on his own 478kg - and the title of World Champion at the competition where over 600 athletes from 100 countries demonstrated their prowess.

Talakhadze's result put him ahead of Armenia's Gor Minasyan, who scored a combined 460kg, and Ruben Aleksanyan with 437kg.

The Georgian is an Olympic Champion - with his title coming at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro - and a four-time European Champion from competitions in Foerde in 2016, Split in 2017, Bucharest in 2018 and Batumi in 2019.

The World Championships in Pattaya close on Friday.