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Nijat Rahimov celebrates with a dance after winning gold in the -77kg weightlifting.

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We've seen some great sporting celebrations through the years.

Whether it's Paul Gascoigne getting sprayed in the face with water, or Jese Lingard performing his rendition of the dab, they all count, and the same applies for Kazakhstan weightlifter Nijat Rahimov, who expressed his feelings in style after breaking the world record in the -77kg lift on Wednesday night at the Riocentro.

China's Lu Xiaojun was in the driving seat towards taking gold, but it was snatched from his grasp by the former Azerbaijan international, who was naturalized to Kazakhstan in 2013. 

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Before the record-breaking lift, there were a few moments for the 22-year-old to compose himself ahead of lifting almost three times his body weight above his chest, which would see him enter the record books as he successfully lifted 214kg (33st 7lb).

Once Rahimov had indeed lifted the bar above his head, he wasted no time in slamming it back to the ground. 

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There was a pause of uncertainty as he feared he would have to chance his arm again, but the results showed that he had successfully lifted 214kg, revealing that Rahimov would win the gold medal and break the world record.

Rahimov was ecstatic after the result and certainly displayed his emotions by jumping up and down with joy. He would soon be joined by his equally as excited coach, who even seemed a little too excited at one point as he attempted to lift the athlete. 

The celebrations didn't stop there either, as after the coach had dramatically made his way off the stage, with a twist and a turn, Rahimov showcased his dancing skills with a bizarre 'Strictly Come Dancing' style routine. 

You can see the lift and celebrations in the video below.


However, with great success comes great contest.

Many believe that Rahimov's victory came as a result of recently being banned for doping allegations. 

In 2013, he was suspended after failing a doping test whilst competing for Azerbaijan, who like Kazakhstan, are well known to the World Anti-Doping Agency for their many offences over the years.

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Mohamed Mahmoud, who won bronze, was quick to contest Rahimov's victory, saying: “Maybe after some doping controls, some things will change.”

Such short-term improvements can be a result of hard training and excellent nutrition, but Mahmoud said: “In a very short time it cannot happen like that.”

The trusty-Twitter was on hand again to deliver many opinions about Rahimov. Many of which ignored the controversy as they were quick to congratulate the 22-year old.

One user posted: "Nijat Rahimov. My single favorite performer of this Olympics."


Another said: "Live every moment like you're Nijat Rahmiov."


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