WEIGHTLIFTING

SEPTEMBER 22 2007 13:43h

Rybakov Sets World Record to Win Mens 85kg Snatch

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Andrei Rybakov of Belarus set a world record of 187-kg to win the men's 85-kg snatch at the world championships in Chiang Mai.

Andrei Rybakov of Belarus set a world record of 187-kg in the men's 85-kg snatch on his way to landing three gold medals at the world championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Saturday.

Rybakov beat his own world mark by 1-kg to take the snatch title for a second successive year and also lifted 206-kg to take the clean and jerk gold and the overall crown.

The 25-year-old, who won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, shifted the record weight with relative ease and let out an ecstatic roar as he thrust the bar above his head.

His lift in the snatch was 15-kg heavier than silver medallist Aslambek Ediev of Russia.

Rybakov attempted 209-kg in his final lift in the clean and jerk but the extra weight proved too much.

His 206-kg effort was enough to beat Colombia's Oliver Ruiz by 1-kg, giving him a combined 393-kg overall, 15-kg ahead of runner-up Ediev.

Rybakov's world record was the first in six days of competition at the world championships which finish on Wednesday.