Moradi Breaks 3 World Records
ASHGABAT (Dispatches) - Sohrab Moradi of Iran claimed a gold medal at the 2018 IWF World Weight lifting Championships. Moradi won a gold in the men’s 96kg in the competition underway in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He lifted 186kg in snatch and 230kg in clean and jerk, winning the gold with a total of 416kg.
Moradi took the platform in the stacked -96kg weight class, which hosted athletes such as China’s Tian Tao and Romania’s Nicolae Onica. On the snatch, Moradi opened with 181kg and missed his second attempt with 186kg. For his third, Moradi left 186kg on the bar and earned a good lift, which was enough to seal him with first place and a world record. His opening snatch of 181kg matched second place Tao’s best attempt. While the 186kg now stands as the new -96kg world record, Moradi’s previous snatch world record in -94kg weight class sits at 189kg. We’re curious what he would have attempted had he not missed his second lift.
For the clean and jerk, Moradi opened with a smooth and easy 223kg, then completed 230kg for his second, which was also enough to surpass the World Standard for a new World Record. Tao opened with 215kg, then quickly jumped to 226kg for his second.