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Rio Olympics 2016: Nurudinov's heavy lifting cleans up Games record en route to gold

Nurudinov lifted 237kg in the clean and jerk to set a new Olympic record. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Aug 16, 2016, 05.07 AM (IST)
Weightlifter Ruslan Nurudinov, known as the "Pride of Uzbekistan", struck gold in the men`s 105kg class with an Olympic record at the Rio Games on Monday.

The 24-year-old raised a combined total of 431kg above his head to win by a massive 14kg over 19-year-old silver medallist Simon Martirosyan of Armenia. 

Kazakhstan`s Alexandr Zaichikov, who served a doping ban from 2013 to 2015, claimed bronze with 416.

Nurudinov, who already had gold assured, lifted 237kg in the clean and jerk to set a new Olympic record.

Afterwards he sank to his knees, roared and burst into tears. 

He then ran a lap of the platform waving an Uzbek flag as the crowd stood and cheered. 

(AFP)
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