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YOUSEFI Alireza (IRI) – last Youth Olympic Champion in Buenos Aires

Last day – last competition. Buenos Aires crowned its superheavyweight Youth Olympic Champion in presence of IOC President Thomas Bach.

Competition was intense between the Asian Youth Champion YOUSEFI Alireza (IRI) and Silver Medallist at the European Youth Championships both in 2017 and in 2018 KUWORGE Enzo Kofi (NED). Both were willing to achieve the best possible result to get the medal they came for and both of them ended the Snatch with 162kg.

However, it was impossible for them to catch HRISTOV Hristo Dimitrov (BUL) going for 165kg, 170kg and 173kg.

The Clean and Jerk competition between the three athletes started at 195kg with a first good lift for KUWORGE. Youth World Champion in 2017 as well as European Youth Champion in 2017 and in 2018, HRISTOV followed with 196kg while YOUSEFI came out at 202kg.

HRISTOV and KUWORGE needed considerable jumps to stay in the game. HRISTOV equalled the 202kg while KUWORGE made an even higher jump to 203kg. Both of them good lifts. They each had only one attempt left – 206kg for the first and a missed attempt at 210kg for the second getting a Silver for HRISTOV and a Bronze for KUWORGE.

YOUSEFI Alireza (IRI) came out for his second lift at 211kg. Ranking third, this lift and his Total of 373kg was enough for the second place.

His last attempt at 218kg was decisive and YOUSEFI gave it all! His technique, strength and passion. He ruled the Men’s +85kg and is the last Youth Olympic Champion in Weightlifting here in Buenos Aires!