London, England (Sports Network) - Ukranian weightlifter Oleksiy Torokhtiy won the men's 150-kilogram weight class Monday for his first Olympic medal, but the three medalists were separated by only two kilograms.
Torokhtiy edged Iran's Navab Nasirshelal by one kg, lifting 185 in the snatch and 227 in the clean and jerk for a total of 412 kg. Poland's Bartlomiej Wojciech Bonk earned bronze with 410 kg.
The gold medalist said he was surprised to win.
"You work hard and train," said Torokhtiy, "but still you never know."
World champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev and world silver medalist Dmitriy Klokov, both Russians, withdrew before the competition because of injury.
08/06 16:54:47 ET