Breaking: Lasha Talakhadze Just Made the Heaviest Snatch Ever in Competition

Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze has made history by snatching 217 kilograms (478.4 pounds) at the European Weightlifting Championships in Split, Croatia. That’s the most amount of weight any human being has ever snatched in competition, and the 23-year-old almost made it look easy. Take a look at footage below from All Things Gym.

Lifting in the +105kg category, Lasha Talakhadze is already an extremely accomplished Olympic weightlifter. In the Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janiero last year, he delivered an incredible performance when he snatched 215 kilograms (474 pounds), temporarily setting a new world record until his competitor Behdad Salimi went on to snatch 216 kilograms.

However, in a controversial decision, Salimi’s clean & jerk attempt was overturned by the judges and jury and Talakhadze came out to not only win the gold medal, but set a new world record total with 473 kilograms (1,042.8 pounds).

And now in addition to holding the world record in the weightlifting total, the Georgian has set a new all-time world record in the snatch. It goes without saying that this is an amazing and literally unprecedented accomplishment for a competition lift.

That said, his 217 kilogram snatch isn’t the heaviest ever made on camera — last year, the Iranian Behdad Salimi posted a clip to his Instagram account of a 220 kilogram (485 pound) snatch, which is the heaviest ever lifted from the ground and caught on camera.

To be clear, it’s not known when this was filmed, and it’s certainly not a competition lift.

So what’s next for Talakhadze? All eyes are on Anaheim, where the 2017 World Weightlifting Championship is taking place in November. No one knows if Talakhadze will go on to smash his brand new snatch record at the event, but right now weightlifters all over the planet are waiting in anticipation. Lasha Talakhadze has pushed the barriers of this sport.

Featured image via @atginsta on Instagram. 

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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