Turkey bagged three gold medals on the first day of the European Weightlifting Championships as weightlifter Hurşıt Atak, competing in the men’s 62-kilogram division, took home two gold medals in the jerk and total categories, and a bronze medal in snatch. Bünyamin Sezer, also competing in the same weight class, won a gold medal in snatch and a silver medal in the total category.

Runner-up Bünyamin Sezer (L),winner Hurşit Atak (C) & third placed Feliks Khalid (Right)
Runner-up Bünyamin Sezer (L),winner Hurşit Atak (C) & third placed Feliks Khalibekov (Right)

Meanwhile, Italy’s Mirco Scarantino claimed his first-ever continental crown after winning the men’s 56-kg title at the European Weightlifting Championships.

Moldova’s Iuri Dudoglo took silver with 261 kg after finishing second in the snatch with 115 kg and winning the clean and jerk on body weight with 146 kg. Rounding out the podium with 242 kg was Romania’s Ilie Constantin Ciotoiu, who managed 111 kg in the snatch and 131 kg in the clean and jerk.

Russia’s Feliks Khalibekov secured bronze with 285 kg, having posted 131 kg in the snatch and 154 kg in the clean and jerk

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