Today was the men’s 77kg divisions turn to lift some weights, and kicking us off with the snatch was Andres Piedrahita, proving that Colombia have some of the best lifters in the lighter divisions, by shooting to first place in his second attempt – snatching 150kg successfully – a weight which many others, such as Romania’s Dumitru Capitari, couldn’t budge.
Nico Mueller from Germany pulls one out of the bag on his third and final attempt, and manages to lift 151kg, just beating Piedrahita and putting him first. However, this is short lived, as Spain’s Andres Mata Perez lifts 154kg. The pressure is on for any lifters hoping to beat this, as Piedrahita returns for his final lift of 155kg – which he makes look effortless. Impressive stuff from the young man, and this lift paid off by putting him first at the end of the snatch half. Mata Perez came second with 153kg, and Nico Mueller third, lifting 151kg. Not much of a gap between the top three, so everything was to play for in the clean and jerk half.
Kicking things off in the second half, Indonesia’s “Deni” set the bar at a modest 173kg, but Nico Mueller quickly raised that bar to 177kg – well within himself by the look of it. “Deni” retorts by also lifting 177kg on his second attempt, but shaky legs and a delayed get up on the clean show that he may have struggled a bit with this weight. Raising the weight to 181kg reclaimed the top spot for Mueller, and Deni used his third and final attempt to try and match him, but clearly this was too much and he bailed on the clean.
Nico Mueller had one attempt left, and Mata Perez appears and lift 185kg on his first attempt. The pressure was on for Mueller, and all he could do was try and match 185 and then pray that Perez didn’t improve the lift on his second and third attempt. But, 185kg seemed a little too much for Mueller, and he bailed on the clean. Another horse out of the race now, as India’s Satish Sivalingam steped up to lift 186kg on his second attempt. Mata Perez’s response to this was a 190kg lift, which he cleaned beautifully, but it just seemed to be a bit too much to get above his head for a jerk. He then had one lift left, and he had to do 190kg. Did he go up to this weight too soon? Apparently not, as on his third attempt he made the weight look easy – putting himself in the top spot.
Then it was Colombia’s Andres Piedrahita’s turn, who came first in the snatch segment of the event. His first lift was at 191kg, reclaiming his top spot immediately with a shaky clean and an even shakier jerk. This put the totals to 346kg for Piedrahita, 343kg for Mata Perez, and 332kg for Nico Mueller. The latter two having used up all of their attempts.
In an attempt to test himself as well as secure his top spot, Piedrahita adds an ambitious 6kg to the bar for his second attempt, and tries for 197kg – which he unfortunately failed on. He also failed his third attempt, but this did not make a difference to the final score. Great stuff from someone who is only 21.