Kazakhstan's Ilya Ilyin on Saturday nailed all six lifts, broke two world records and defended his Olympic title from four years ago.
Even more extraordinary: He made it look easy.
Most lifters in the 94-kilogram (207-pound) class paused for a few seconds as they gripped the bar, collecting themselves for the excruciating effort of lifting one-fourth of a ton over one's head.
Ilyin marched up to the bar with quick steps and hoisted it in the air so fast that by the time a ''good lift'' was announced he already was celebrating.
Buoyed by an ecstatic crowd inside the ExCeL center's weightlifting arena, the spiky-haired Ilyin lifted 185 kilograms (407.855 pounds) in the snatch and a world-record 233 kilograms (513.677 pounds) in the clean and jerk for a total of 418 kilograms (921.532 pounds).
That also was a world record, a whopping six kilogams (13.2277 pounds) better than the pre-competition mark set in 1999.
Silver medalist Alexandr Ivanov of Russia matched Ilyin in the snatc...