Two more world records were broken in the European weightlifting Championships in East Berlin on Thursday (8 April).
Two more world records were broken in the European weightlifting Championships in East Berlin on Thursday (8 April). The new records were taken by West Germany and Bulgaria in the light-heavyweight completion.
Trendafil Stoichev of Bulgaria added two kilograms (4.4 pounds) to the old snatch record by lifting 165.5 kilograms (368.5 pounds). The former record holder, Valeri Shari of the Soviet Union, finished second in both the snatch and jerk events, retaining his champion title in overall points.
The second record was broken in the jerk event by Rolf Milser of West Germany. He added 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) to the record making it 207.5 kilograms (457 pounds).
The competition is being held in the Werner-Seelenbinder Hall and 166 athletes from 25 countries are taking part.
The championship ends on 11 April.
SYNOPSIS: At the European Weightlifting Championships in East Berlin, Trendafil Stoichev of Bulgaria in the light-heavyweight competition. Stoichev broke the world record in this the snatch event. He added two kilograms to the old record. His lift was 167.5 kilograms.
Former world record holder Valeri Shari of the Soviet Union matched his own record and ended second in both this event and later the jerk event. He remained overall champion in the light-heavyweight section with a points win.
Another record was broken on Thursday. This was in the jerk event by West Germany's Rolf Milser. Before hundreds of spectators in the Werner-Seelenbinder Hall he lifted a mammoth 207.5 kilograms. This was 2.5 kilograms better than Shari. More than 160 athletes are taking part in the weightlifting championship from 25 countries.