Over the weekend, Georgian superheavyweight weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze hit an absolutely massive clean & jerk at the Georgian National Weightlifting Championships. For the first time since the weight class changes, Talakhadze formally competed in the newly established +109kg bodyweight category and has given us a lot to look forward to at the 2018 IWF World Championships.
Similar to last year’s Georgian Nationals, Talakhadze hit incredible lifts and walked away breaking multiple unofficial world records.
For the snatch portion of the competition, Talakhadze hit a smooth 214kg, which is seeming to become more and more of a routine lift for him. Remember, he holds the current +105kg world record with his massive 220kg snatch that he completed at the 2017 IWF World Championships.
Now, what has made waves across the strength sports social media world and is the focal point of this article is Talakhadze’s latest clean & jerk. On his final attempt, Talakhadze hit an incredible 264kg clean & jerk, which is an all-time personal best for him and also unofficially tops the current +105kg world record by 1kg. The current world record sits at 263kg and was set in 2004 by Iranian weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh.
Both of these lifts combined earned Talakhadze a 478kg total, which also unofficially tops the current +105kg world record. The current total world record is held by Talakhadze himself after he totaled 477kg at the 2017 IWF World Championships.
Author’s Note: The video below highlights Talakhadze’s latest 264kg clean & jerk. For those on mobile experiencing viewing issues — visit here!
We briefly mentioned it above, but last year at Georgian Nationals, Talakhadze hit an unofficial world record snatch of 220kg and totaled an unofficial world record of 474kg, could this be foreshadowing?
If this year is anything like last, then we may very well be seeing what Talakhadze will be potentially hitting at the 2018 IWF World Championships taking place in less than two months. What’s going to be interesting is to see how Talakhadze’s lifts compare to the new IWF World Record standards for the newly established bodyweight categories.
Feature image from @lashatalakhadzesport Instagram page.