The Peninsula Online
Qatar weightlifter Fares Ibrahim creates history winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal in weightlifting.
23-year-old Ibrahim won the gold medal in the 96kg category at the Tokyo games lifting a total weight of 402kg, which is an Olympic record.
On his way to the gold, he also set an Olympic record in Clean & Jerk lifting 225kg. In snatch he lifted 177kg.
Venezuela’s Keydomar Vallenilla Sanchez won sliver and Georgia’s Anton Pliesnoi claimed bronze.
High jumper Mutaz Barshim’s silver medal at Rio Games in 2016 was Qatar’s best achievement in the Olympics before.
Ibrahim qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after winning the gold in the 96-kg weight category in the Qatar International Cup.