Weightlifting: Fares Elbakh gives Qatar first ever gold medal at Olympics

Elbakh, whose father is Egyptian, lifted 177 kilograms in the snatch and 225 in the clean and jerk for a total of 402kg

AP , Ahram Online , Saturday 31 Jul 2021
Fares Elbakh
Fares Elbakh of Qatar competes in the men s 96kg weightlifting event, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan (AP)

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Qatar's Fares Elbakh, whose father is Egyptian, has won the gold medal in the men's 96-kilogram weightlifting category with a dominant performance, earning the country's first Olympic title.

Elbakh lifted 177 kilograms in the snatch and 225 in the clean and jerk for a total of 402kg. He attempted a world record 232kg clean and jerk but couldn't make the lift.

Keydomar Vallenilla took second for Venezuela with a total 387kg despite having his last lift ruled out for dropping the bar before he got the signal to do so.

Vallenilla lifted the same total as third-place Anton Pliesnoi of Georgia but was ranked above Pliesnoi because he made his best clean and jerk lift earlier in the competition.

Elbakh's father, Ibrahim Hassouna, represented Egypt as a weightlifter in three consecutive Olympic Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992. 

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