Legendary veteran Lyu managed a 170 kg (375 lb) mammoth in the snatch and 204 kg (450 lb) in the clean and jerk for a total of 374 kg (825 lb), giving the 37-year-old hulk a repeat the gold he won in 2012 and fueling his desire to continue his amazing feats in competitive weightlifting.

There was a moment of worry for Lyu when Antonino Pizzolato, his Italian rival who ultimately won bronze, unsuccessfully attempted a world record of 210 kilograms (463 lbs) on the clean and jerk, which Lyu did could not lift either.

“Five years is a long time for a man this age,” the 81 kg (178.5 lb) competitor told AP via an interpreter, after winning silver at the 2016 Olympics.

“It’s a beautiful art and maybe that’s why I can be an athlete for so long. This is not my last competition. “

Willing father figure for young contestants, Lyu has admitted he can’t wait to see his children again and told his fans they can expect to see him at the 2024 edition if he succumbs to the temptation to participate. at the world championships in his country next year. .

“If you see me next year, you will see me in Paris,” he added, by which time he could have another Olympic gold medal if Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan is suspended.

Rahimov beat Lyu for gold, but was suspended on suspicion of changing urine samples in a potential second doping offense of his career.

There was more joy for a formidable weightlifter in the 96 kg (211.5 lb) class, in which Fares Elbakh became Qatar’s first Olympic winner, setting new clean and jerk records with a lift of 225. kg (495 lbs) and total lift, reaching 402 kg (886 lbs).

“Thank goodness it worked for us,” Elbakh said, explaining that he had focused on the first clean and jerk attempts in the final. “It was a bit of a gamble but it was worth it. And we took up the challenge. “

Elbakh won Qatar’s sixth Olympic medal, although he missed a world record attempt of 232 kg (511.5 lb) in the clean and jerk.

” I feel good. I feel amazing, ”he added, pledging to keep striving for the world record. “It’s not an end; we have some more and coming soon, and we will do our best to make it even better. “

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