Men wind up the University World Championships in Eilat

In the 105kg, Gennady MURATOV, Russia, had no special difficulties in becoming the 2012 University world champion. In fact, representing a class on his own, he came out when the others had finished, among which the member of the strong Moldova team, Andrian ZBIRNEA reached the highest results. MURATOV recorded very impressive 175kg and 220kg results and this 395kg total put him into 10th position in the annual ranking of the IWF.

The Russian supremacy was seriously challenged in the men’s +105kg category, when Hojamuhammet TOYCHYYEV from Turkmenistan lifted 6kg more in the snatch (186kg) than the best Russian, MEZHGIKHOV (junior world champion in 2009) and one kg more than Armenian Hayk HAKOBYAN. The fight among these top three continued in the clean and jerk, whereby MEZHGIKHOV was the most self confident opening with 215kg. HAKOBYAN registered 217kg as best result in jerk and 402kg in total. TOYCHYYEV, the Junior-aged Turkmen remained in 3rd place overall, because the Russian was supreme with 222kg on his second attempt, enough to win in total with 402kg and declined his last lift.

This was the last competition in exciting four days at the 3rd FISU World University Championships, where the organisers excelled in providing outstanding conditions to the participants and the student-weightlifters rewarded the hosts and the FISU/IWF Weightlifting Community with top-class performances.