Weightlifting: China's Lyu Wins Thriller, Qatar's Elbakh Captures Historic Gold

Harrison Maurus of Team USA completes a lift at the Tokyo Olympics

From nail-biting finishes to new Olympic records, the finals of the men's 81kg and 96kg weightlifting competitions were full of must-see moments. Catch up before diving into the women's events slated for Sunday. 

Men's 81kg

Xiaojun Lyu's performance was the best of a dramatic men's 81kg final in weightlifting in Tokyo on Saturday.

Lyu lifted 374kg -- 170 in the snatch and 204 in the clean and jerk -- to give China weightlifting gold.

Dominican Republic lifter Zacarias Bonnat was just seven kilograms off of Lyu's total, matching the Chinese lifter's clean and jerk.

Antonino Pizzolato of Italy won bronze with a total of 365kg.

Team USA's Harrison Maurus had a very impressive debut but finished off the podium. The 21-year-old posted a snatch of 161kg and a 200kg clean and jerk to finish fourth.

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Men's 96kg

What is the weight of gold?

According to newly crowned Olympic champion Fares Elbakh, the answer is 402kg. That's the total amount of weight the 23-year-old lifted to win the men's 96kg weightlifting final and clinch Qatar's first-ever Olympic gold. En route to the title, he snatched 177kg and set an Olympic record by lifting 225 in the clean and jerk. His total is also an Olympic record. 

Keydomar Vallenilla of Venezuela won the silver. He snatched the same amount as Elbakh but was15kg off the Olympic record in the clear and jerk. 

Though Georgia's Anton Pliesnoi finished with the same total as Vallenilla, he received bronze because Vallenilla performed the lifts first. His medal is the fifth total for Georgia of the Tokyo Olympics, bringing the nation close to its record of seven. 

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