Polish underdog bags gold
Poland’s Adrian Edward Zielinski has won the gold medal in weightlifting men’s 85kg category with a total of 385kg.
Zielinski, 23, standing in the third place with the snatch of 174kg, showed off his strength in clean-and-jerk with the final attempt of 211kg to take the gold away from 19-year-old Russian Apti Aukhadov, by virtue of his lighter bodyweight, as both athletes totalled 385kg.
“I was sure I was going to get a medal. But in the last lift I felt a second strength so I just decided to go for it,” said Zielinski on his last lift.
Zielinski won the world title in 2010 with 383kg and this year’s Polish championships with an outstanding total of 395kg. However, he did this in the 94kg category, weighing about 5kg above his usual limit.