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Putin lauds Russian athlete Okulov’s gold of 2018 World Weightlifting Championship

The men’s under-89kg competition was held on November 6

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his congratulations to national weightlifter Artyom Okulov for winning the gold medal of the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship in Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat in men’s under-89kg category.

"This triumph is another outstanding achievement in your sports career and is the deserved award for your determination, performance efficiency and the uncompromising will to win," Putin said in a message addressed to the 24-year-old Russian weightlifter.

Okulov, who is also the 2015 Weightlifting World Champion, ranked only eighth after his Snatch attempt on Tuesday chalking up 166 kilograms. However, he sweated out 206 kilograms in the Clean and Jerk to book 372 kilograms on the aggregate and to pack the gold.

"I wanted to win three Golds, but I am completely happy with two! A great day for me!" the official website of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) quoted Okulov as saying after the victory.

Belarusian weightlifter Pavel Khodasevich finished the men’s under-89kg competition with an overall result of 371 kilograms to take the silver and Georgia’s Revaz Davitadze was awarded the bronze.

Okulov’s gold medal on Tuesday was more important for the country as the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF) was reinstated with the IWF less than a month ago following a year-long suspension.

October 19 marked the end of the RWF’s one-year ban imposed over a series of anti-doping rules’ violations. As soon as the suspension was lifted from the RWF, Russian weightlifters began preparing to take part in the 2018 World Weightlifting Championship, scheduled for November 1-10 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.