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Fares Ibrahim wins Qatar’s first ever Olympic gold

Weightlifter Fares Ibrahim El-Bakh shattered two Games records in Tokyo as he became Qatar’s first Olympic champion in history on Saturday.

The 2019 world silver medallist dominated the men’s 96kg, setting new marks for the clean and jerk (225kg) and total lift (402kg).

“I’m very honoured to have won a gold medal during these Olympics,” said Fares, 23. “I hope that my performance was all right during these Games.”

Venezuela’s Keydomar Sanchez took silver with Anton Pliesnoi finishing third. Fares attempted but failed a world-record 232 on his final lift.

Fares won Qatar’s sixth Olympic medal and second in weightlifting, after Saif Asaad’s 105kg bronze at Sydney 2000.

Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani congratulated El-Bakh on Twitter, saying: “Congratulations to the champion Fares Ibrahim on winning the gold medal. We are proud of you”

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