MAHMOUD Mohamed Ihab Youssef Ahmed (EGY) became the first World Champion from Africa in a men’s event since 1984, when OROK Oliver (NGR) won Snatch gold in the 100kg category.
Bronze Medallist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with the same Total of 361kg, the African athlete took away the Gold from Asia – winning the 77kg bodyweight category since 2011.
Silver Medallist REJEPOV Rejepbay (TKM) ended 9kg behind. He won all three available medals.
Seventeen-year-old Harrison MAURUS Harrison James (USA) set a new Youth World Record and six new American Records, bronze medals in the Snatch and Total ending Team USA men’s 20-year long medal drought at the World Championships.
In the snatch, Maurus went 2 for 3, lifting 150kg then 155kg. He missed his final attempt at 159 kg. In the clean & jerk, MAURUS made both of his attempts. He first lifted 187kg then 193kg, setting a new Youth World Record. Maurus broke his own Youth World Record record of 192kg that he set when he won the 2017 Youth World Championships April 8th in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It’s not only cool to get the medals, but to get into the history books,” Maurus said. “It gives other athletes something to strive for.
CAPTARI Dumitru (ROU) won Bronze in the Snatch but bombed out in the Clean and Jerk so couldn’t secure a Total.