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IWF Grand Prix II, Day 8 Recap – Men’s 96 kg Results

The eighth day of the Grand Prix II in Doha showed us an incredible A-Game battle in the Men’s 96-kg category. Nine male athletes were trying to improve their current accomplishments and progress by loading the barbell with greater weights with every attempt.

For some lifters, it was a real challenge, while others managed to outperform their previous results and even left their rival behind the top positions.

Matyakubov Shahzadbek at IWF Grand Prix II
Matyakubov Shahzadbek at IWF Grand Prix II

Highlights of the Category Men’s 96 kg: Matyakubov Makes Turkmenistan Celebrates Gold Medal

Today nine weightlifters from the 96-kg class captured our sights with promising entry openers and their further weight orders. But only properly chosen tactics and preserving well-built technique benefited the following Top 3 favorites:

The gold winner of the category became Matyakubov Shahzadbek from Turkmenistan who did a Snatch of 167 kg that resulted in a gold medal, Clean&Jerk of 204 kg, and  371 kg in total. He managed to prevail over his contender with a minimal gap from second place by one kilo.


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Silver medal went to Hovhannisyan Davit from Armenia who performed a total of 370 kg, 170 kg in Snatch, and 200 kg in Clean&Jerk. Earlier, at the European Championships in Yerevan, he won gold by lifting heavier weights, namely 172 kg in Snatch, 205 kg in Clean & Jerk, with 377 kg in total. 

The third spot went to Yang Tae Bong who lifted 161 kg in the Snatch round, 201 kg in Clean & Jerk, and in total he lifted 362 kg. The weight margin between him and the silver medalist’s total was 8 kilos.

To conclude, here’s the list of all medalists in the Men’s 96-kg division who got single medals in every round:

  1. Matyakubov Shahzadbek won 2 gold medals in Clean & Jerk and total.
  2. Hovhannisyan Davit won gold in Snatch, silver in totals, and bronze in Clean & Jerk.
  3. Yang Tae Bong got silver in Clean & Jerk and bronze in total.
  4. Asayonak Petr won bronze in Snatch.

Subscribe to our channel and thumb up our videos. Keep following who’ll win at tomorrow’s competition and who will set new records. On Day 9,  don’t miss an opportunity to watch two Olympic categories as we’re moving closer to heavyweight divisions this week. Tomorrow we’ll observe the Women’s 81-kg and Men’s 102-kg categories, which are going to bring some hot moments to the podium.

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

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