Georgian athlete wins 85kg Weightlifting European Championship
Georgian athlete Raul Tsirekidze (85kg) did well at European Weightlifting Championship, which is underway in the city of Antalya, Turkey. He was the only weightlifter who used all the six attempts in snatch and clean and jerk, as a result he became champion.
In the first attempt, Tsirekidze lifted 160, 163 and 165 kg barbell and was behind only Turkish Fatih Baydar, who snatched 166kg. Raul won silver medal in clean and jerk, where he lifted 193, 196 and 200 kg barbell. German Tom Schwarzbach was ahead Georgian sportsman in this attempt.
In total Tsirekidze gathered 365 kg and deserved gold medal, Baydar took the second place (259kg) and Romanian Gabriel Sancraian won bronze medal.
Vano Grikurov, the head coach of Georgian national team es expected to name three Georgian sportsmen in few days who are going to participate in the forthcoming London Olympics on behalf of Georgia.