LI Fabin stands on one leg in Olympic Record lift victory

LI Fabin of People's Republic of China competes during the Weightlifting - Men's 61kg at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
LI Fabin of People's Republic of China competes during the Weightlifting - Men's 61kg at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

People's Republic of China's LI Fabin has set a new Olympic Record on his way to clinching gold in the Olympic Weightlifting Men's 61kg at the Tokyo International Forum.

LI Fabin of People's Republic of China has continued his dominance in the 61kg category securing gold after lifting a total 313kg, setting a new Olympic Record.

On his second attempt his clean and jerk lift of 172kg - also an Olympic Record - saw the 28-year-old standing with the bar above his head while standing on one leg.

"This is the first time I tried this move," Li said of standing on one foot which turned out to be a small mistake. "I know this move appeases the audience but I don't suggest someone to learn or make the same move."

"To me the record is not the Olympic record, it is my own record. I just wanted to break my own record. I wanted to make sure my body could be in good condition for the next competition in China."

Li, who is the reigning world champion and world record holder in his weight category, only moved up the 61kg event in 2018. Previously he was in the 56kg category, where he was the Asian Champion in 2012.

"I always set a higher place to push myself to be better. It was little easier than I thought. On the first snatch (137kg) I could not make it. So I kept calm and just did it. I am really excited,"  he said.

After Indonesia's Eko Yuli Irawan marked his four consecutive Olympic Games with a world record attempt in his final attempt, Li also tried to break his own world record but was unsuccessful.

Irawan, a three-time Olympic medallist, settled for silver (302kg) while Igor Son of Kazakhstan (294kg) took bronze.

Japan's ITOKAZU Yoichi narrowly missed the podium finishing fourth with a total lift of 292kg.