Rio Performance 283
Personal best 285
Ghana’s Christian Amoah equaled his snatch personal best of 130kg in the men’s 85kg as he became the first male Ghanaian weightlifting Olympian at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Friday, 12th August, 2016.
Amoah finished in 11th place in the men’s 85kg Group B after lifting a combined 283kg. He lifted 130kg in the snatch and 153kg in the clean and jerk.
The Swedru-born weightlifter appeared to have produced a personal best 157kg in the clean and jerk but unfortunately it was overturned by the jury.
His new mark would have bested his clean and jerk personal best of 155kg which he achieved at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville.
Nonetheless, he has become the second Ghanaian weightlifter to compete in the history of the Olympics.
Setting the scene
Christian Amoah, who took to professional weightlifting in 2013, knew he was on the verge of making history as the first male Ghanaian weightlifter at the Olympics when he mounted the mart at Riocentro Pavilion 2 on Friday, 12th August.
He was following in the footsteps of compatriot Alberta Ampomah who wrote her name into the history books at London 2012, where she became the first Ghanaian weightlifting Olympian.
Amoah started on a bright note, lifting 121kg, 125kg and 130kg (PB-equaling) in the snatch.
After a no-lift in his first attempt at the clean and jerk, he successfully came through with 153kg in his second attempt before his 157kg lift was overruled by the judges.