LONDON (AP) — Adrian Zielinski of Poland broke Asia’s grip on the Olympic weightlifting competition by winning gold in the 85-kilogram weight class after the early exit of China’s defending champion, Lu Yong.
Zielinski, world champion two years ago, lifted a total of 385 kilograms, equaling Russia’s Apti Aukhadov but finishing first under the rules because he weighs less.
Iran’s Kianoush Rostami got the bronze.
Lu finished first in the snatch portion but bombed with three failed attempts in the clean and jerk. World record holder and 2008 silver medalist Andrei Rybakou was already eliminated in the snatch.