Weightlifter Talha Talib makes the nation proud, misses out on Olympic gold but a hero is born

 Weightlifter Talha Talib makes the nation proud, misses out on Olympic gold but a hero is born

Weightlifter Talha Talib

TOKYO, 26 July: Weightlifter Talha Talib has finished fifth in the 67 kilogram (KG) weightlifting competition of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The 21-year-old Talha was just two points behind of gaining a olympic medal for Pakistan after 29 years.

The Gujranwala-born, who was on his Olympics’ debut finished with a total of 320 points as he broke his own national record by lifting 150 kg in snatch while he lifted 170 kg in clean and jerk.

China’s Chen Lijun bagged gold while Colombia’s Luis Javier Mosquera and Italy’s Mirko Zanni clinched silver and bronze medals respectively.

Achievements

Talha remained a leader on the board before Korea’s Han Mayekon lifted 174kg in the clean and jerk lift to push Talha down to second place. Colombia’s Luis Javier lifted 180kg and Italy’s Zalmi Mirko lifted 177kg in the clean and jerk move to push Talha further down.

The gold medal, however, went to China’s Chen Lijun who lifted 187kg in the clean and jerk move — a new Olympic record — to have an overall lift of 332kg in the completion.

Talha, a gold medalist in the Commonwealth Games, finished 5th in the competition. Although he couldn’t win a medal, he received praise from all over the country for his superb performance.

In an interview ahead of the Olympics, Talha had highlighted how the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) had not organised any training camp for weightlifter in the last three years.

Talha himself had to train at a makeshift gym in the courtyard of a school in Gujranwala in the absence of an adequate facility arranged by the PSB.

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