Lasha Talakhadze takes weightlifting gold with three world records

Lasha Talakhadze of Team Georgia competes during the Weightlifting - Men's 109kg+ Group A on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo International Forum on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Lasha Talakhadze of Team Georgia competes during the Weightlifting - Men's 109kg+ Group A on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo International Forum on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Georgia's gentle giant Lasha Talakhadze wins gold in the +109kg class ahead of Islamic Republic of Iran's Ali Davoudi who claims silver and Syrian Arab Republic's Man Asaad, the bronze.

Lasha Talakhadze was way ahead of the competition but kept going to see just how far he could go. Turns out he could go three-world-records far.

The Georgian snatched 223kg, the first world record, then lifted 265kg in the clean and jerk, the second world's best, which couldn't help but result in a world record total of 488kg. Talakhadze not only wins gold in the +109kg weightlifting category but is also edging closer to the magical 500kg mark.

Iranian Ali Davoudi lifted 200kg in the snatch and 241kg in the clean and jerk, leaving the 22-year-old with a total of 441kg, enough to bag him the silver medal.

Syrian Arab Republic's Man Asaad, who came 15th at Rio 2016, won bronze with a total of 424kg.