Rio 2016: Records fall as Rahimov wins gold, Karapetyan hurt


A world record-breaking performance from Nijat Rahimov helped him claim gold in the men's 77kg weightlifting at Rio 2016 as Andranik Karapetyan sustained a gruesome injury.

Rahimov edged out China's Lu Xiaojun on Wednesday, only by virtue of body weight, for Kazakhstan's first gold in Rio.

Defending champion Lu broke the world record in the snatch with a 177kg lift on his way to silver.

With 214kg, reigning world champion Rahimov smashed the clean and jerk mark as both finished with 379kg totals.

"It is the most amazing feeling. There was a chance Kazakhstan would not be allowed to compete in these Olympic Games," he said.

"I have been practicing for two years. I have been practicing in Azerbaijan and when I returned to Kazakhstan I continued to practice."

Egyptian Mohamed Mahmoud won bronze with a total of 361kg, becoming the first male athlete from Africa since 1948 to win an Olympic weightlifting medal.

Armenian Karapetyan suffered an ugly injury, with his left arm appearing to snap during a lift.