Pakistani weightlifter T. Talib was born in Gujranwala on October 3, 1999. In the 62-kilogram weight class, he is unrivalled in Pakistan.
When he lifted 132 kilogrammes on his third attempt at the Olympics, beating his previous bests of 127 kilogrammes and 130 kilogrammes, he became the new snatch record holder.
T. Talib Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
He also won the gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championships, held in Penang. For the record, he lifted 258 kilogrammes, which was enough to win him the gold. At the moment, he is Pakistan’s best weightlifter.
In his hometown of Gujranwala, Pakistan, T. Talib began training at the tender age of eight. Muhammad Islam Natiq Sr. won a bronze medal at the 1999 Asian Powerlifting Championships in New Delhi and was a National Junior Weightlifting Champion.
He was the national weightlifting coach for Pakistan and the person who first got T. Talib interested in the sport.
Weightlifter T. Talib Misses Out an Olympic Gold But a Hero is Born
On Sunday, Pakistani weightlifter T. Talib gained widespread attention after he came close to winning a medal in the Olympics. The 21-year-old lifter from Gujranwala competed in the Olympics for the first time in the 67 kg category.
Where he held the gold medal spot until the final round, when he was subsequently bumped down and denied a podium finish. He eventually placed fifth, behind the winners from China (Lijun Chen), Colombia (Luis Javier Mosquera Lozano), and Italy (Mirko Zani).
T. Talib’s 151-kg Snatch lift was the round’s second-best. Even though he eventually succeeded at Clean & Jerking 166 kilogrammes (kg) and 170 kilogrammes (kg). His total of 320 was still surpassed by others, including Zani, who lifted just 2 kilogrammes (kg) more than T. Talib.
On Sunday, Pakistani weighlifter T. Talib lifted a total of 320 kilogrammes, just two kilogrammes short of history for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. At the pandemic-postponed Games, Talha competed in the 67-kilogram weight class in the snatch event, lifting 150 kilogrammes, and the clean and jerk event, lifting 170 kilogrammes, to represent Pakistan.
Marko Zanni of Italy won bronze with a total lift of 322 kilogrammes (145 kilogrammes in the snatch and 177 kilogrammes in the clean and jerk).
While the fourth-placed competitor was from South Korea and lifted 321 kilogrammes. Luis Javier Mosquera of Colombia placed second with a total of 331 kilogrammes lifted, while Chen Lijun of China placed first with a total of 332 kilogrammes lifted.
Pakistan returned to the weightlifting competition at the Olympics for the first time in 44 years, and T. Talib was there to represent the country.Pakistan’s hopes were raised when weightlifter Talha performed well, but he ultimately came up short of helping his country win its first Olympic medal in the sport.
At the 67 kilogramme (kg) men’s weightlifting competition, Talha led for a while before being overtaken in the final attempts by competitors from China, Colombia, and Italy.