Russian student Nikolai Kolesnikow won the featherweight section of the European Weightlifting Championships in East Berlin, East Germany on Monday (5 April).
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Background: Russian student Nikolai Kolesnikow won the featherweight section of the European Weightlifting Championships in East Berlin, East Germany on Monday (5 April).
It was the second Russian win in three days. On Saturday (3 April) Alexander Woronin also of Russia, won the Flyweight title and set two new world records in the snatch and jerk events.
Monday's featherweight event was largely a contest between three competitors, Kolesnikow and Bulgarian team-mates, Georgi and Todor Todorow.
In the snatch event, Georgi Todorow was first, Todor Todorow second and Nikolai Kolesnikow third.
But in the jerk, Kolesnikow was first, followed by Todor Todorow and Georgi Todorow. Kolesnikow won the championships with an overall, point score. His total aggregate for the two sections was 282.5 kilograms (623 Lbs) just 2.5 kilos (5.5 Lbs) outside the word record held by Georgi Todorow.
Kolesnikow has been training for six years, and is 24 years old.
The competition is being held in the Werner-Seelehbinder Hall where 166 athletes from 25 European nations are taking part.
The championships will continue until 11 April.
SYNOPSIS: East Berlin's Werner-Seelenbinder Hall, where the European Weightlifting Championships are being held this week. On Monday the Featherweight titles were contested. The overall winner was Nikolai Kolesnikow, of Russia, seen here in the snatch event.
Kolesnikow came third in this section.
Second place in both the snatch and jerk sections of the featherweight title was won by Bulgaria's Todor Todorow. This is one of his lifts in the snatch event.
His team-mate Georgi Todorow won the snatch event, which he is seen competing in here. But he came third in the jerk, which allowed his Russian opponent Kolesnikow to win the overall title on points. Kolesnikow's aggregate for the snatch and jerk was 282.5 kilograms, just 2.5 kilos outside Georgi Todorow's world title.
It was Russia's second win in the Championships so far.