Dramatic final day

17 May 2017
Egypt's Shaimaa Haridy competes during the women's weightlifting -90kg and +90kg event at the Baku 2017.
Egypt's Shaimaa Haridy competes during the women's weightlifting -90kg and +90kg event at the Baku 2017.

Shaimaa Haridy cruised to +90kg victory in the final session of the women's weightlifting on Wednesday as Egypt won two gold medals.

Haridy won without breaking sweat, recording a total of 275kg overall, before Dina Barakat prevented Clementine Meukeugni Noubissi from claiming Cameroon's first ever gold medal at the Games.

Iran's Mohammadreza Barari grabbed a thrilling men's -105kg gold medal and Uzbek Rustam Djangabaev won the last weightlifting title of the Games in the +105kg.

Haridy was always going to win if she could just make a good lift in both disciplines.

The 26-year-old narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal last summer in Brazil as she finished fourth, but there was never going to be a repeat of that in Baku with only three athletes taking part.

Despite her lack of competition, Haridy was impressive as she nonchalantly dispatched of 110kg in the snatch.

Haridy, who weighs over 120kg, was not done there and eventually lifted a Games record of 120kg.

Although with an approach that is far from subtle, Haridy was one of the biggest stars competing in the Baku Weightlifting Arena this week along with compatriot Mohamed Mahmoud, who was triumphant on Tuesday.

The 2015 African Games champion confirmed her country's third weightlifting gold with 145kg at the first attempt in the clean and jerk.

Haridy finished off in style too by extending the clean and jerk record out to 155kg.

It was clear from an early stage that the fight for -90kg gold would be between Egyptian Barakat and Meukeugni Noubissi.

Barakat, who turns 28 on Saturday, managed 99kg in the snatch, but her rival beat that by one kilogram.

The 26-year-old Meukeugni Noubissi broke the Games record for the clean and jerk with a lift of 123kg, despite a red light from one of the judges.

But in a gripping climax, Barakat bettered her by two kilograms at the final try to take victory by one kilo overall on 224kg.

The first men's final saw an exciting start, as Iraq's Salwan Alaifuri and two-time Asian champion Barari went head-to-head.

Alaifuri forged ahead with 178kg in the snatch, two worse off than he managed in the Rio Olympics.

The 22-year-old Alaifuri, who won bronze in the same event four years ago, nailed 215kg in the clean and jerk to take control, but the bar slipped from his grasp when trying to add another five kilograms onto his total.

Barari, who finished sixth in the 2016 Olympics, made him pay with a lift of 220kg to snatch the gold medal thanks to a 395kg total.

Djangabaev, 23, opened up a five-kilogram lead after the snatch in the closing competition.

Iranian Homayoun Teymouri was second going into the clean and jerk, in the absence of his usual teammate and snatch world record holder Behdad Salimi.

Djangabaev wrapped up his country's eighth gold medal of the Games, as they look to keep alive their hopes of beating Iran to third place in the overall medals table, with a lift of 227kg.

He rounded off an entertaining five days of weightlifting in fine fashion, by raising 238kg for a 431kg total, with Teymouri left 17kg adrift.

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