The Soviet Union took the first weightlifting Gold medal at the Olympics in Moscow on Sunday (20 July).
SV Silver medallist Ho Bong Chol snatching 110 kilos, at Olympics in Moscow (3 shots)
TV Han Gyong Si snatching new world record with 113 kilo lift, makes lift and is congratulated by team mates. Bows to audience (2 shots)
GV Kanybek Osmonalieu (USSR) walks up to lift .. jerks it to shoulder height
CU Osmonalieu's face straining .. lifting weight from chest to above head. Drops it down and walks off
GV Medal presentation ceremony: Osmonalieu jumping on to rostrum to receive medal and waving to crowd (2 shots)
SV Outgoing IOC President Lord Killanin presenting Gold medal to Osmonalieu and congratulating him
SV Osmonalieu holds medal up to crowd and kisses medal, waves to crowd
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Background: The Soviet Union took the first weightlifting Gold medal at the Olympics in Moscow on Sunday (20 July). In a very tight flyweight competition, it was finally only body weight which determined Kanybeck Osmonalieu of the Soviet Union as the winner.
SYNOPSIS: In the flyweight, up to 52 kilograms class the North Koreans were doing very well. During the snatch, both Ho Bong Chol and Han Gyong Si were in front of Soviet contender Kanybeck Osmonalieu. Ho Bong Chol comfortably managed to snatch one-hundred-and-tend kilograms.
But it was Han Gyong Si who claimed the record. In tremendous form, he managed to snatch one-hundred-and-thirteen kilograms in the flyweight class. The lift not only won him the world record, but also the enthusiastic acclaim of his team mates. Han beat the previous record of one-hundred-and-twelve-point-five kilograms, which was set by Alexander Voronin of the Soviet Union earlier this year.
But the Russians weren't to be beaten. Kanybek Osmonalieu of the Soviet Union, who had been so badly placed after the snatch began to improve in the jerk. While the Korean opposition had succeeded in lifting one-hundred-and-thirty-five kilograms, Osmonalieu started cautiously with one-hundred-and-thirty-two-point-five. He then moved up to one-hundred-and-thirty-seven-point-five. However failures by the Koreans left Osmonalieu victorious.
Although Osmonalieu claimed the winner's honour, it was a close finish, with each medal winner lifting a total of two-hundred-and-forty-five kilograms.
The medals were presented by the outgoing IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Lord Killanin. The Bronze went to Hang Gyong Si of North Korea, his countryman Ho Bong Chol won the Silver and because of his light body weight, it was Kanybek Osmonalieu who won the Gold.