Kazakhstani Nijat Rahimov celebrated winning a gold medal at the Olympics in Rio by performing a traditional dance
Kazakhstani Olympic weightlifting champion’s celebration dance goes viral after he wins gold. From Usain Bolt’s lightening pose and Mo Farah’s Mo-bot to Kate Ledecky’s tears and Bradley Wiggins tongue, each Olympic athlete has demonstrated their own way of celebrating winning Gold at Rio 2016.
But one Olympic athlete’s reaction to becoming world champ has been branded one of the highlights of the game and footage of Nijat Rahimov’s celebration has gone viral.
The Kazakhstani athlete celebrated winning his weightlifting event by performing a dance around the stage thrusting out his arms and tapping his toes.
One enthralled fan declared Nijat’s dance was a highlight writing: ‘Between the gymnastics, the swimming, the track and field, and that dance Nijat Rahimov did after winning gold, Olympics have been great TV.’
Many thought Rahimov was simply dancing but he was performing a traditional folk dance called the Lezgi. The Lezgi is a dance of the Caucasus people, who originate from an area between Asia and Europe consisting of nations including Armenia, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Georgia, Iran, Russia and Turkey.
Although Nija’s celebratory dance has raised smiles his win is somewhat controversial.
While Nija,23, lifted a whopping 214 kilograms knocking reigning champion China’s Lü Xiaojun off the top spot in the 77 kilogram class – he only returned to the sport last year after a ban.
In June 2013 Rahimov failed a doping test while competing for Azerbaijan and was suspended for two years.
One Twitter user suggested that they should give Rahimov a medal for his dance moves.