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09 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Weightlifting

Weightlifting sees records tumble - London 2012 - Weightlifting

Weightlifting drew to a close at London 2012 with a total of 44 Olympic and world records broken during an exhilarating competition.

Men's Super Heavyweight Behdad Salimikordasiabi, from Iran, claimed the final gold of 15 medals awarded at ExCeL over 11 days.

The positive reception given to Weightlifting by the crowd, as well as the smooth management and execution of the events, has left an impression on the sport's controlling body.

The International Weightlifting Federation said in a statement: 'We are entirely happy and satisfied with these Olympic Games at all levels and in all respects.

'The organisation overall, in particular within ExCeL and Weightlifting, was really impeccable. The technical facilities, everything was to perfection.'

Salimikordasiabi's triumph in the men's +105kg confirmed his status as 'the strongest lifter in the world' as he added the Olympic Games crown to his reigning world and Asian titles.

In the heaviest women's category, the +75kg, China's Zhou Lulu took gold in a dramatic tussle with Russia's Tatiana Kashirina that saw almost all the relevant Olympic and world records smashed.

DPR Korea's Om Yun Chol, competing in the men's 56kg, became the first person to claim gold from the B group and only the fifth man in history to lift triple his own body weight.

China's tally of five golds did not match the eight they managed at Beijing 2008, but their women shone across a range of weight categories, alongside some memorable victories for other nations.

Poland's Adrian Edward Zielinski claimed gold at the Games in the men's 85kg on a total of 385kg.

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