WATCH: Top weightlifting moments from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

WATCH: Top weightlifting moments from 2016 Rio Olympic Games

There was no shortage of memorable moments for weightlifters during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

A number of records fell – American, Olympic and world – as there were close battles in each and every weightlifting category.

Here are some of the top moments. . . 

 

Lasha Talakhadze has the last laugh after upset over Behdad Salimi 

 
 
After the snatch, it appeared like it was going to be a fight to the finish between Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia and Iran’s Behdad Salimi – the favorite in the +105kg weight class.
 
Talakhadze thought he had the world record with a 215kg snatch, but Salimi took it from him with a 216kg lift just a minute later. 
 
Karma, however, appeared to be on Talakhadze’s side on that night. Salimi had the sntach record, but bombed out of the clean and jerk after a pair of controversial rulings. 
 
Talakhadze, on the other hand, rode the momentum to a gold medal and a world record total of 473kg.
 

 

Sarah Robles gives U.S. their first weightlifting medal since 2000

 

The United States sent four weightlifters to Rio. Though the others had success (more on that later. . . ) Sarah Robles was the country’s last chance to break a 16-year medal drought.

SPOILER ALERT: She did it.

Robles took home the bronze medal with a total of 286kg.

Only two American women have won an Olympic medal in weightlifting: Tara Nott (gold, 2000) and Cheryl Haworth (bronze, 2000).

 

Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera ends his career in style

 

After finishing with a total of 318kg to win a gold medal in his weight class, Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa removed his shoes and put them on the platform to signal his retirement from competition.

Talk about ending your career in style. 

 

Solid showing for the United States

 

As mentioned before, Sarah Robles walked out of Rio with a bronze medal, but that was just part of a strong showing for the United States.

Morghan King helped the United States get off to a good start on Day 1 of the Olympics. King, in her first Olympics, set a new American record for the snatch with a 83kg lift.

 
Jenny Arthur, also in her first Olympics, set an American record of her own with a 107kg snatch in the 75kg weight class.
 
 

Rahimov’s bold move pays off 

 
With Lyu Xiaojun of China looking like a lock for gold, Nijat Rahimov made a bold move, adding 12 kilograms on his second clean and jerk attempt. 
 
He completed the world record clean and jerk of 214kg and stole the gold medal from Lyu Xiaojun. 
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE: As if the epic win wasn’t enough, Rahimov topped it off with some awesome dance moves)
 
 
 

Katoatau is a dancing machine

 
Good or bad, David Katoatau of Kiribati was dancing after every lift. 
 
He brought a smile to lots of faces watching the weightlifting competition.
 
 
 

Karapetyan’s medal chances crushed by gruesome injury

 

This one is memorable for all the wrong reasons.

After the snatch Andranik Karapetyan of Armenia was in the middle of a serious battle with China’s Lyu Xiaojun atop the men’s 77kg weight class.

His chance at a medal ended during his second clean and jerk attempt when his elbow went in a direction it was never meant to.

You can watch the moment below. But you’ve been warned, the video is not for the squeamish.

 

A fight to the end between Long Qingquan and Om Yun-Chol

 

It was an intense battle to end the men’s 56kg group.

Long Qingquan and Om Yun-Chol set three records in the span of two minutes to decide who would win the gold.

 
 

Aurimas Didzbalis flips out over bronze medal

 

How would you celebrate your country’s first weightlifting medal?

Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania decided to go with the backflip.

 
 

 Milko Olavi Tokola was a little too fired up

 

You’re always taught to give 100% effort. 

Milko Olavi Tokola of Finland had his intensity level cranked up to about 150% during the men’s 85kg weight class.

 

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