In His 4th Games, Colombia’s Oscar Mosquera (62kg) Finally Wins Olympic Gold

We’re three days into the 2016 Olympics, and Rio has already witnessed one of the best feel-good weightlifting stories in recent memory. At 33 years old and lifting in his 4th Olympic Games, Colombia’s Oscar Mosquera has won his first gold medal. He’s the 2012 silver medalist from the London Games.

Shortly after his final attempt, Mosquera removed his shoes on the platform and fell to his knees, overcome with emotion. The gesture signaled his official retirement from competitive weightlifting.

The final podium for the men’s 62kg category is as follows.

1. Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera (Colombia)
2. Eko Yuli Irawan (Indonesia)
3. Farkhad Kharki (Kazakhstan)

Chen Lijun — the Chinese lifter favored by many to win, including one BarBend correspondent — bombed out in the snatch after two missed attempts and what appeared to be severe leg cramps. He withdrew before taking his third snatch attempt. Lijun was attempting 143 kilograms to open the snatch portion, 1 kg above Mosquera’s highest successful attempt. Lijun’s withdrawal left the door open for Mosquera, who capitalized with two successful clean & jerks to take the title by 6kg.

Indonesia’s Eko Irawan took second. He won bronze in the 2008 Beijing Games in the 56kg class as well as bronze in London lifting at 62kg.

Kazakhstan’s Farkhad Kharki took third, and Japan’s Yoichi Itokazu came in 4th place.

It was an exciting session with several surprises — including Lijun’s withdrawal — but it will most likely be remembered as the competition that sent fan favorite Mosquera out on top.

Featured image: @IWFnet on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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