People's Republic of China's LYU Xiaojun wins men's 81kg weightlifting competition with Olympic Records

The reigning world record holder set three new Olympic bests, with Dominican Republic's Zacarias Bonnat winning silver and Italy's Antonino Pizzolato bronze. 

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World record holder LYU Xiaojun of People's Republic of China has won the men's 81kg weightlifting title after setting three new Olympic Records - 170kg for snatch, 204 for Clean & Jerk and 374 total.

The 37-year-old Chinese athlete was in a league of his own as he lifted his way to glory in an exciting competition at the Tokyo International Forum.

Lyu led after the snatch, lifting 7kg more than his nearest rival Zacarias Bonnat of the Dominican Republic - who became the first athlete from his country to win silver at Tokyo 2020 and the first-ever in weightlifting with a final score of 367kg.

However, Lyu scuppered any doubts about who would win the title during the Clean & Jerk, as he lifted a new 204kg Olympic record - a mark equalled moments later by Bonnat.

Italy's Antonino Pizzolato attempted to set a new world record in the Clean & Jerk, lifting a 210 weight above his head before stumbling to his knees. His final score of 365kg was enough to win bronze.

But it was Lyu who will leave the arena as Olympic champion and record holder after his final score of 374kg left him in an unassailable position at the top of the charts.


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