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Bekroolot Rasulbekov Leads Clean and Jerk at IWF Grand Prix II in Doha – Qatar (2023)

When the 109 kg category comes to the lifting platform we all know we’re in for a big spectacle and big weights, the Kyrgyzstan team brought Rasulbekov to Qatar to try and get him to Paris 2024.

Bekroolot Rasulbekov’s journey through snatch wasn’t as smooth as he would have wanted, he started with an 162 kg attempt that he failed to get under, then he tried again the same weight for a second attempt and successfully lifted it, and for his third attempt he had 167 kg on the bar.

Bekroolot Rasulbekov
Bekroolot Rasulbekov at IWF Grand Prix II, photo by @iwf.media

He put chalk on his hand and immediately moved towards the bar, he grabbed it and pulled under it but wasn’t able to stabilize it and missed the lift backwards, leaving Rasulbekov’s with a score of 162 kg and a fifth place in the Snatch.

For clean and jerk the ride was completely different for Bekroolot, he was more confident on this lift, he started with 205 kg on the bar, cleaned it and successfully jerked it, stabilizing it quickly. For his second attempt he went for 211 kg, he stepped onto the platform and got the bar overhead in a solid clean and jerk, for his third attempt he went for 219 kg on the bar, trying to distance himself from Dadashbayli.

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He went for his third attempt and lifted it swiftly, finishing with a scream of celebration knowing he had got it. With this lift and after Dadash Dadashbayli failed his 220 kg attempt Bekroolot got the gold medal in Clean and Jerk.

Now with a first place in Clean and Jerk with 219 kg and a Snatch of 162 kg, Bekroolot Rasulbekov got a Total of 381 kg, enough for him to get a silver medal and a second spot on the podium.

About Bekroolot Rasulbekov

Hailing from Kyrgyzstan this weightlifter, born in 1996, already has a long list of top ten places, in the likes of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo where he got a 6th place in the 96 kg category, snatching 166 kg, clean and jerking 208 kg for a total of 374 kg. Also participating in the 2022 IWF World Championship in the 102 kg category where he got 4th place with a snatch of 171 kg, a clean and jerk of 217 kg for a total of 388 kg.

If you’re one of those who can’t get enough of everything going on in Qatar’s IWF Grand Prix II 109 kg category, you should see our full recap on day 10 of competition. And if you want to keep up to date with what has been happening in the whole competition and who’s qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics you should read our day to day recap and analysis of all the categories and winners.

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Daniel Arenas

Author: Daniel Arenas
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Daniel Arenas is a passionate Weightlifting and Functional Fitness coach hailing from Venezuela. With over seven years of dedicated coaching experience, he’s made it his mission to inspire and guide individuals on their fitness journey.

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