Lasha Talakhadze came to the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on December 17th, 2021, as a favorite to win gold in the 109+ kg division. However, Lasha did not just win the competition, he set three new world records in both snatch, clean & jerk, and total, after successfully doing all 6 attempts.
Lasha already had all the records under his name, but he managed to further improve all three of them. This time, Lasha will go home with his fifth World Championships gold medal.
Lasha Talakhadze’s Lifts Breakdown
- Snatch: 225 kilograms (496 pounds) – World Record
- Clean & Jerk: 267 kilograms (588.6 pounds) – World Record
- Total: 492 kilograms (1,084.7 pounds) – World Record
Lasha managed to complete all three attempts of the snatch successfully, of which the first one was 210 kg (463 lbs). In the second attempt, he added 8 kg (17.6 lbs) to the bar, which came out to 218 kg (480.6 lbs). In the last attempt, Lasha broke the world record by 2 kg (4.4 lbs) with a 225 kg (496 lbs) snatch. The previous world record was set by Lasha 4 months ago with a 223 kg (491 lbs) snatch.
You can watch Lasha’s World Record Snatch here:
Clean & Jerk
Lasha also successfully accomplished all three lifts in the clean & jerk event. His first lift came to 247 kg (544.5 lbs), after which he added 10 kg (22 lbs) to the bar. The second clean & jerk lift weighed 257 kg (566.6 lbs). In the final lift, Lasha lifted 267 kg (588.6 lbs) to break the world record by 2 kg (4.4 lbs). The previous world record was set by Lasha 4 months ago, at the same time as the snatch and total world records, with a 265 kg (584.2 lbs) clean & jerk.
You can watch Lasha’s World Record Clean & Jerk here:
Lasha’s total came out to be 492 kg (1084.7 lbs) and broke the world record by 4 kg (8.8 lbs). The previous record was 488 kg (1075.8 lbs).
You can watch all Lasha’s lifts here:
Lasha Talakhadze’s Career
Lasha Talakhadze is a weightlifting super heavyweight who has won it all. He is the 5x world super heavyweight champion, 5x European super heavyweight champion, and a 2x Olympic champion. And now he holds every world record in the history of the super heavyweight category. Lasha’s 267-kilogram (588.6 pounds) clean & jerk surpassed Leonid Taranenko‘s 266-kilogram (286.4-pound) lift in the +110-kilogram class, who won gold in the 1980 Olympic Games.
At 28-years-old, Lasha Talakhadze still has some time left, even though he accomplished everything. It looks like he only competes against himself, and maybe Lasha could be the first person to get a 500 kg (1102.3 lbs) total, as he only needs to add 8 kg (17.6 lbs) to do it.