Legendary Armenian weightlifter Simon Martirosyan has created two new world records while winning the gold medal at the 109 kg category in the 2018 IWF World Championships. He has achieved the top place and created world record while lifting 240 kg in the clean & jerk event. Besides, he also created the new world record for lifting 435 kg in total.
However, he missed the top place in the snatch event by just a kilo and lifted 195 kg. Chinese weightlifter Yang Zhe has got the top place in the snatch event with 196 kg under his name. Russian weightlifter Rodion Bochkov has got the third place in the snatch event with 190 kg.
In the clean & jerk event of the 109 kg men’s event, Polish weightlifter Arkadiusz Michalski has got the silver medal while lifting 228 kg, 12 kg short of Martirosyan’s 240 kg world record. Uzbek weightlifter Ruslan Nurudinov has achieved the bronze in the clean & jerk event with 227 kg, although he failed to achieve a podium finish in total.
China’s Yang Zhe has achieved the silver medal while lifting 419 kg in total. Poland’s Arkadiusz Michalski has got the third place in the 2018 IWF World Championship medal table while lifting 403 kg in total. Iraqi lifter Salwan Jassim has earned the fourth place with 402 kg in total (180 kg snatch and 222 kg clean & jerk).
While talking about his world record performance, Simon Martirosyan said “I knew I will have a lot of strong competitors. I just did the same thing I always do, I gave my best.” On the other hand, Nurudinov failed to fulfill the expectation and said “This is more than I expected tonight. I was unfortunately sick all week. I had temperature and I feel week.”