In addition to several continentals, world records were also set in Batumi at the European Championship held 6-13 April.
The championship was held in the beautiful city of Batumi at the Black Sea, the capital of the Adjara region and Georgia’s second-largest city. Once again, the Georgians did not disappoint. After delivering many successful Championships and important events such as a Lifter of the Year Award Gala in the past, the 2019 European Championships was organized in the most professional way under the leadership of Kakhi Kakhiashvili, President of the Weightlifting Federation of Georgia.
In Europe, this was the first Gold Level Qualification event where the new 10-10 bodyweight categories debuted.
World Records were set both in the men’s and women’s superheavyweight categories.
Russian KASHIRINA Tatiana bested her own World Records in the Snatch (146kg) and Total in the women’s +87 bodyweight category. She added one kilogram to her previous record set in Ashgabat last November, which is now 331kg.
Home favourite TALAKHADZE Lasha smashed three of his own World Records, setting the new bars at 218kg in the Snatch, 260kg in the Clean and Jerk and 478kg Total, which is a 4kg improvement compared to his previous best.
Twenty-one countries shared all the medals and nations who had little success before surfaced. Israel won it’s first women’s medal in a major Championship (bronze), Italy won golds, Britain pocketed silvers and bronzes.
Georgia topped the men’s team classification board with 639 points followed by closely followed by Belarus (634) and Armenia with 596 points.
At the women, Russia (736), Turkey (575) and Romania (480) took the first three places and Britain did well too, ending up fourth.