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Rio Olympics 2016: Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov wins men’s – 77kg final as records fall

Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov lifted a clean and jerk world record to win Olympic men’s -77kg weightlifting gold in Rio.

Rahimov’s final lift of 214kg gave him a total of 379kg, breaking the 15-year-old clean and jerk record of 210kg.

China’s Lyu Xiaojun, who set a world record of 177kg in the snatch, also lifted a total of 379kg but took silver because he is heavier than Rahimov.

Egypt’s Mohamed Mahmoud won bronze with a combined 361kg.

The event was overshadowed by an elbow injury to Armenia’s Andranik Karapetyan, who had been in medal contention before suffering the problem as he attempted a clean and jerk lift of 195kg.

BBC