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TOKYO: Pakistan’s premier weightlifter Talha Talib did a wonderful job but failed to finish at the victory podium in the 67 kilogramme competitions in connection with the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Talha pulled off his career-best in both snatch and clean and jerk to finish overall fifth in an absorbing competition.
Talha lifted 150 in snatch and 170 in clean and jerk and finished with a total of 320. He had also given this total in his entry.
He finished two kilograms behind the bronze medallist Zaani Mirko of Italy who finished with a total of 322kg — 145kg snatch and 174kg clean and jerk.
Talha lifted 144, 147 and 150. His clean and jerk efforts were 166 (misfit), 166 and 170.
Talha’s previous best snatch was 148kg and his best clean and jerk was 167kg which he registered in the Asian Championship in Tashkent early this year.
Talha’s snatch of 150 turned out to be the second best in the competition in 67kg while he remained seventh in clean and jerk, the area in which he has been weak.
Talha was featured in the event at the IOC Invitation Place.
China’s Chen Lijun got the gold medal with an amazing total of 332kg which is also the Olympic record. He produced 145kg in snatch after a couple of missed lifts before going for a record 187kg in clean and jerk to win the coveted title.
Mosquera Lozano of Columbia won silver with a total of 331kg — 151 in snatch and 180 in clean and jerk.
Italy’s Zanni Mirko got bronze with a total of 322 — 145 in snatch and 177 in clean and jerk.
Korea’s Han Myeong Ok finished fourth with 321 — 147 in snatch and 174 in clean and jerk.