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Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov broke into a joy-infused dance — complete with jazz hands — following his world record clean and jerk in the 77-kilogram weightlifting class at the 2016 Olympic Games. The moment captured the thrill of victory so beautifully we thought it was worth sharing again…


Rahimov’s coach assisted in the celebratory choreography (which some termed a “chicken dance” for lack of a better descriptor) after his student upset favorite Lyu Xiaojun of China to claim the Olympic gold medal.

Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov flashes jazz hands after gold medal performance at Rio Olympics

Only time will tell if Rahimov’s improvised dance will finally supplant the Running Man challenge.


''I want people to know more about Kiribati, so I use weightlifting, and my dancing, to show the world.''

— David Katoatau

Rahimov wasn’t the only weightlifter in Rio to show off his dance skills following a lift. David Katoatau of Kiribati demonstrated similarly effusive moves meant to draw attention to his island republic’s jeopardy due to rising sea levels from global warming.


In other weightlifting news from the same competition, Colombia’s Oscar Figueroa, appearing in his fourth Olympic Games, won his first gold medal in the men’s 62kg competition and left his shoes on the stage to conclude his career.