David Rigbert of the Soviet Union, broke his own world record to retain his European middle-heavyweight weight-lifting title in East Berlin on Friday (9 April).
Gv Stadium, and weightlifting sign (2 shots)
MV Rigbert in snatch event and walks off stage while audience watches (2 shots)
MV Rigbert on podium
MV Rigbert in jerk event with audience watching (3 shots)
MV Rigbert receives certificate
RIGBERT IN JERK AND SNATH EVENTS: SCOREBOARD: RIGBERT RECEIVES CERTIFICATE.
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Background: David Rigbert of the Soviet Union, broke his own world record to retain his European middle-heavyweight weight-lifting title in East Berlin on Friday (9 April).
Rigbert had combined snatch and jerk total of 397.5 kilograms (874.5 pounds), 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) better than his previous world record.
Rigbert also broke his own world jerk record, adding 500 grams (1.1 pounds) to his old mark with a new lift of 220.5 kilograms (485 pounds) in an extra attempt outside the competition classification.
Adam Saidulaev of the Soviet Union was second with a combined total 360 kilograms (792 pounds) and Peter Petzold of East Germany was third with 350 kilograms (770 pounds).
The championships are being held in the Werner-Seelenbinder Hall, with 166 athletes from 25 European countries taking part. They continue until 11 April.
SYNOPSIS: The European weightlifting championships moved into their final days in East Berlin on Friday. The highlight of that day's event was the retention of his middle-heavyweight title by David Rigbert of the Soviet Union. Here, he takes part in the snatch section of the competition.
Rigbert had a combined snatch and jerk total of 397.5 kilograms....and that's two point five kilograms better than his previous world record. He's seen there during his jerk performance in the championships, but outside the competition classification. He broke his own world jerk record. He added 500 grams to his old mark of 220.5 kilograms.
Adam Saidulaev of the Soviet Union took second place in the title and Peter Petzold of East Germany was third. Almost 170 athletes from 25 European countries are taking part in the championships which run until Sunday.