In the 105 kilo class Ventspils-born Plēsnieks finished just behind Iran's weightlifter Ali Hashimi, who became the world champion with a lift of 404 kilograms (183 + 221), with Plēsnieks just two kilos behind.
Speaking to LTV December 5, the lifter said he was ''pleased to be among the medals'' after a tough time recently with injuries and expressed thanks to all the doctors and trainers who had made it possible for him to compete.
Iran takes another gold! Ali Hashemi 🇮🇷 showed immense fight to beat out the favourites in the Men's 105kg.— IWF (@iwfnet) December 5, 2017
🥇 Ali Hashemi 🇮🇷 | 404
🥈 @ArtursPlesnieks 🇱🇻 | 402
🥉 Ivan Efremov 🇺🇿 | 399#2017IWFWWC pic.twitter.com/luBOOCthqe
You can see the full results HERE.
It is the second medal Latvia has won in Anaheim after Rebekah Koha's bronze medal in the 58 kilo class.