While there were no new records set, there was still plenty of excitement in the men’s 105 kilogram category at the 2005 Centennial World Weightlifting Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Russian Dmitry Klokov only needed to attempt and complete five lifts in order to win gold with a total of 419 kg, as well as gold in the snatch and gold in the clean and jerk.
Klokov was challenged in the snatch by Moldova’s Alexandru Bratan, but Bratan missed his second attempt, finishing with 190 kg to Klokov’s 192 kg. Bronze in the snatch went to Slovakia’s Martin Tesovic, who lifted 185 kg. Lithuania’s Ramunas Vysniauskas, who was hoping for a top position at these world championships, missed all three off his attempts in the snatch.
The same four athletes would once again play a large role in the clean and jerk portion of the competition. Vysniauskas came back from a disappointing performance in the snatch to put up a fight for gold against Klokov. The Lithuanian had the last lift in the competition, after Klokov posted a lift of 227 kg and decided not to use his last chance, having already wrapped up the gold all around.
Vysniauskas loaded the bar at 228 kg, but couldn’t quite pull it off, settling for the silver medal in the clean and jerk with 225 kg. The bronze medal went to Tesovic, who also claimed bronze all around with a total of 412 kg. Bratan finished fourth in the clean and jerk, but his total of 413 kg was enough for the silver all around.
Disappointing the hosts, Qatar athlete Asaad Said Saif made zero in the clean and jerk.
The last day of action at these world championships will feature the 105 + men’s athletes.