Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera of Colombia won gold in the men's 62-kilogram weightlifting with a combined total of 318 kilograms on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.
In the women's 58-kilogram weightlifting class, Sukanya Srisurat of Thailand took home the gold medal after recording a combined score of 240 kilograms.
Competitors were instructed to execute two different styles of lifts in the snatch along with the clean and jerk, with their scores totalled to determine the standings.
Here are Monday's results:
|2016 Rio Olympics Weightlifting: Women's 58-Kilogram Class|
|Place||Lifter||Country||Bodyweight||Snatch (kilograms)||Clean and Jerk (kilograms)||Total|
|4||Maria Alexandra Escobar Guerrero||Ecuador||57.23||100||123||223|
|6||Monica Patricia Dominguez Lara||Dominican Republic||57.58||100||117||217|
|8||Lina Marcela Rivas Ordonez||Mexico||57.47||96||115||211|
|2016 Rio Olympics Weightlifting: Men's 62-Kilogram Class|
|Gold||Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera||Colombia||318|
|Silver||Eko Yuli Irawan||Indonesia||312|
|6||Morea Baru||Papa New Guinea||290|
|8||Vaipava Nevo Ioane||Samoa||281|
Predictions for the men's event were thrown out the window early on in the contest after world record holder and gold medal favourite Chen Lijun departed the tournament owing to injury.
The lifter from China was unable to complete his first two attempts with an apparent calf injury before he decided not to try his third lift.
With the competition now wide open, Figueroa Mosquera was the first to stake his claim and started with an impressive 137-kilogram snatch.
Eko Yuli Irawan of Indonesia leapfrogged Figueroa Mosquera with a 142-kilogram snatch, but the Colombian lifter—the lighter of the two leaders—responded again by equaling that figure.
Into the clean and jerk, Papua New Guinea' Morea Baru sealed a personal best total of 290 following a 164kg lift, to exit the competition very pleased with himself.
Farkhad Kharki of Kazakhstan took control of the competition to move into the lead with a 170-kilogram lift, before Irawan matched that weight to up his total to 312 kilograms.
There was one man they needed to watch-out for however, with Figueroa Mosquera demonstrating some awe-inspiring strength and balance to complete an enormous 176-kilogram clean and jerk with one lift remaining.
From there, the tournament's strategy heightened among the lifters, eventually forcing Irawan out again. However, he was unable to complete the task at two attempts, both times being pushed to the ground by the force of the weight, as Figueroa Mosquera secured the Olympic title.
The experienced Colombian returned for one last attempt to break his own Olympic record of 178 kilograms but failed to complete the jerk before eventually bursting into tears in celebration at his accomplishments. There was a heart-warming moment in the arena as he then paused to remove his shoes and signal his retirement, ahead of being awarded the gold medal for his efforts.
The women's competition began with the snatch lift, with 21-year-old Srisurat securing an Olympic record with a 110-kilogram lift on her third attempt.
Srisurat topped the charts after the first lift format by an eight-kilogram margin to her compatriot Pimsiri Sirikaew, who lifted 102 kilograms.
Hsing-Chun Kuo of Taiwan, competing as Chinese Taipei, finished in third place after also lifting 102 kilograms but was lower in the standings due to her bodyweight.
Should competitors successfully lift the same weight class, the athletes are separated by their bodyweight. In this instance, Sirikaew was just 460 grams lighter than her rival.
Maria Alexandra Escobar Guerrero of Ecuador was tied with the Dominican Republic's Yuderqui Maridalia Contreras for fourth spot after both recorded lifts of 100 kilograms ahead of the second category, the clean and jerk.
Despite Srisurat's eight-kilogram advantage heading into the second part of the competition, the Thai lifter was not expected to be able to challenge the favourites in this area.
Ecuador's Escobar Guerrero was the first to cite her challenge for the gold medal after lifting 123 on the clean and jerk to move to the top of the leaderboard.
Mikiko Andoh of Japan was unable to lift a new personal best of 126 kilograms, but Srisurat did with a 127-kilogram lift. However, she would have to improve upon that to maintain her medal ambitions.
Kuo followed up with an initial failure lift of 129 kilograms after an infringement on her locked elbows, before impressively returning just 90 seconds later to complete the lift with perfect precision.
Thai duo Srisurat and Sirikaew applied pressure to main rival Kuo with lifts of 130kg each, and after the snatch leader failed with her third attempt of 130 kilograms, it was left to the Taiwanese to better her score by nine kilograms in order to leapfrog her in the standings.
Kuo failed to complete the jerk at an Olympic record 139kg on her third attempt, leaving Sirikaew the chance to deny her gold. But the 26-year-old was denied the chance to complete the task, as she was forced to settle for the silver medal.