Weightlifting: Fares Elbakh gives Qatar first ever gold medal at Olympics
Elbakh, whose father is Egyptian, lifted 177 kilograms in the snatch and 225 in the clean and jerk for a total of 402kg
Fares Elbakh of Qatar competes in the men s 96kg weightlifting event, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan (AP)
Qatar's Fares Elbakh, whose father is Egyptian, has won the gold medal in the men's 96-kilogram weightlifting category with a dominant performance, earning the country's first Olympic title.
Elbakh lifted 177 kilograms in the snatch and 225 in the clean and jerk for a total of 402kg. He attempted a world record 232kg clean and jerk but couldn't make the lift.
Keydomar Vallenilla took second for Venezuela with a total 387kg despite having his last lift ruled out for dropping the bar before he got the signal to do so.
Vallenilla lifted the same total as third-place Anton Pliesnoi of Georgia but was ranked above Pliesnoi because he made his best clean and jerk lift earlier in the competition.
Elbakh's father, Ibrahim Hassouna, represented Egypt as a weightlifter in three consecutive Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992.
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