There was no shortage of memorable moments for weightlifters during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A number of records fell – American, Olympic and world – as there were close battles in each and every weightlifting category.
Here are some of the top moments. . .
Lasha Talakhadze has the last laugh after upset over Behdad Salimi
Sarah Robles gives U.S. their first weightlifting medal since 2000
The United States sent four weightlifters to Rio. Though the others had success (more on that later. . . ) Sarah Robles was the country’s last chance to break a 16-year medal drought.
SPOILER ALERT: She did it.
Robles took home the bronze medal with a total of 286kg.
Only two American women have won an Olympic medal in weightlifting: Tara Nott (gold, 2000) and Cheryl Haworth (bronze, 2000).
Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera ends his career in style
After finishing with a total of 318kg to win a gold medal in his weight class, Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa removed his shoes and put them on the platform to signal his retirement from competition.
Talk about ending your career in style.
Solid showing for the United States
As mentioned before, Sarah Robles walked out of Rio with a bronze medal, but that was just part of a strong showing for the United States.
Morghan King helped the United States get off to a good start on Day 1 of the Olympics. King, in her first Olympics, set a new American record for the snatch with a 83kg lift.
Aurimas Didzbalis flips out over bronze medal
How would you celebrate your country’s first weightlifting medal?
Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania decided to go with the backflip.
Milko Olavi Tokola was a little too fired up
You’re always taught to give 100% effort.
Milko Olavi Tokola of Finland had his intensity level cranked up to about 150% during the men’s 85kg weight class.