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Qatar’s Fares lifts silver at World Championships

The junior world record holder in 96kg category excels in clean and jerk to finish overall second in a strong field.
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Qatar’s Fares Ibrahim Elbakh with other medal winners in the 96kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya. Photo: International Weightlifting Federation
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Qatar’s Fares Ibrahim Elbakh’s determined effort won him a silver in the 96kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya on Tuesday. Photo: International Weightlifting Federation

Qatar’s Fares Ibrahim Elbakh pulled off a stunning performance to win two silver medals in the World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya in Thailand on Tuesday.

Fares’ effort in the clean and jerk and his total lift clinched him the silver medals in the 96kg category.

Fares lifted a total weight of 402kg, finishing behind China’s Tian Tao (410kg).

Fares did not start too well, lifting just 178kg in the snatch. It pushed him out of contention for a bronze medal in this category. Georgia’s Anton Pliesnoi topped the field with 181kg while Tao and Colombia’s Jhonatan Rivas Mosquera did better than the Qatari with efforts of 180kg and 179kg respectively.


  • Tian Tao (China): Snatch: 180kg; Clean and jerk: 230kg; Total: 410kg
  • Fares Ibrahim Elbakh (Qatar): Snatch: 178kg; Clean and jerk: 224kg; Total: 402kg
  • Anton Pliesnoi (Georgia): Snatch: 181kg; Clean and jerk: 213kg; Total: 394kg
  • Jhonatan Rivas Mosquera (Colombia): Snatch 179kg; Clean and jerk: 212kg; Total 391kg
  • Seyedayoob Mousavijarahi (Iran): Snatch: 168kg; Clean and jerk: 214kg; Total: 382kg

It was in the clean and jerk where Fares excelled. His lift of 224kg was much better than Pliesnoi’s 213kg and just behind Tao’s 230kg. It assured Fares of a silver medal. Tao’s consistency won him the gold while Pliesnoi was relegated to third.

Iran’s Seyedayoob Mousavijarahi was also among the medals in the 96kg, his lift of 214kg in clean and jerk won him the bronze.

Last August, Fares had done Qatar proud by winning a silver in the 94kg at the Jakarta Asian Games. His rise has been gradual and a silver at the World Championships raises hopes of a podium finish at the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Fares was also the junior world champion in the 85kg category, in 2017, and 96kg in 2018. He holds the junior world record in the 96kg, with a lift of 225kg in the clean and jerk and a total of 397kg at the World Championships in Doha in 2018.