Kakiashvilis Wins Weightlifting
Nov. 27, 1999
PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) _ Akakios Kakiashvilis of Greece set a world record in the snatch and won all three gold medals in the men's 207-pound class Saturday at the World Weightlifting Championships.
Kakiashvilis hoisted 414 pounds in the snatch in becoming Greece's first overall champion at the meet.
More than 8,000 fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium cheered the Georgian-born lifter as he received his medals. He was joined by Greece's Leonidas Kokas, who won the bronze medal in the total and silver in the snatch.
Szymon Kolecki, 18, of Poland, won silver medals in the total and clean-and-jerk. Hakob Pilosyan of Armenia took the bronze medal in the snatch and Turkey's Bunyami Sudas won the bronze in the clean-and-jerk.
The women's competition ended Saturday with China's Ding Meiyuan setting two world records and winning three gold medals. Competing in the over 165-pound category, Ding lifted 347 pounds, breaking the world record in the clean-and-jerk. She had a record total of 628 pounds.
Her victory helped China's women finish with 18 medals, nine golds, and 530 points. The Chinese were followed by Taiwan, Bulgaria, Thailand, Nigeria and the United States _ the top six countries in the team competition earning places for four lifters each in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Japan, Russia, Hungary, Myanmar, Indonesia and Poland earned three Olympic places, while Spain, South Korea and Ukraine got two.
Ding fought off a strong challenge from Poland's Agata Wrobel, who won all three silver medals, and set a world record, lifting 281 pounds in the snatch. Ding matched that lift moments later and took first place because of less body weight.
Balkisu Musa of Nigeria took the bronze in the total.
The men's competition ends Sunday.