Men`s 85kg: Andrei Rybakou of Belarus had long wanted to win gold overall but he managed to collect titles only in snatch so far. On this lift he had been the best of the world for several years, yet he was not able to add the titles in jerk and total. Finally, in Santo Domingo Rybakou changed practices and excelled also in the clean and jerk, winning the total with a comfortable 10-kilo lead. In silver-medal winning position finished Aslanbek Ediev (RUS) and the bronze was taken by Tigran Martirosyan (ARM). In snatch Rybakou made two attempts to break the world record with 187kg but ? although very close ? he missed both times. 44 lifters competed in this category.
Andrei Rybakou BLR