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Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 19, 2008

Weightlifting grimaces

Russell Boyce writes: The men’s +105kg weightlifting produced grunts and groans, strains and shouts as men lifted weights up to 258kg.

It also produced an amazing series of portraits as these heavyweight giants battled it out for the gold medal, ferocious and hard faced giants every one of them, or at least so it seemed.

A weightlifter cries

Amazing just how wrong first impressions can be as winner, Germany’s Matthias Steiner, wept on the podium clutching his gold medal and a photograph of his late wife Susann.

PHOTO (TOP): (Top row L-R) Viktors Scerbatihs of Latvia, Evgeny Chigishev of Russia, Grzegorz Leszcz of Poland, Maama Lolohea of Toga, (bottom row L-R) Artem Udachyn of Ukraine, Matthias Steiner of Germany, Jeon Sangguen of South Korea and Ihor Shymechko of Ukraine compete in the men’s +105kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008 in this combination picture. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PHOTO: (BOTTOM): Matthias Steiner of Germany holds a photo of his late wife Susann as he poses with his gold medal in the men’s +105kg Group A weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 19, 2008. REUTERS/Alvin Chan

For a selection of other great Reuters pix from the Games click here.


Hilarious! Best pics ever hahaha


One of the best weightlifting matches I’ve ever seen. Steiner lifting 10kg over his previous weight on his last lift and winning gold by 1kg. The Russian dude was clearly dumbfounded.

Posted by Five Times | Report as abusive

Steiner was really lucky. cause there were no REZAZADE. He could easily break the world record.
we’ll miss him

Posted by arash | Report as abusive

It would be a fantastic opportunity to be a photographer for the to Beijing Olympic Games! Great photography!!


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