Ira­ni­ans collect eight world weightlift­ing medals

Iran Daily - - Sports -

Ira­nian weightlifters col­lected eight medals – in­clud­ing five golds – at the 2018 IWF World Cham­pi­onships in Ash­ga­bat, Turk­menistan.

Iran’s Ali Hashemi and Reza Beiral­vand notched up five of the nine medals in the men’s 102kg con­tests on Thurs­day while Ira­nian sen­sa­tion Sohrab Mo­radi stole the show on the pre­ced­ing night with triple men’s 96kg golds.

Hashemi’s over­all 396kg lift gave him the to­tal gold above Dmytro Chu­mak of Ukraine and Beiral­vand who both tal­lied 393kg to claim the sil­ver and bronze re­spec­tively.

En route to the to­tal gold, Hashemi lifted 179kg for the snatch sil­ver – fol­low­ing Uzbek­istan’s Ak­bar Dju­raev (180kg) – and then over­came the 217kg weight to fin­ish third in the clean & jerk con­test.

Hav­ing fin­ished fourth in the snatch lifts, Beirla­vand also man­aged to fin­ish his cam­paign with a gold af­ter lift­ing 218kg in a toe-to-toe clean & jerk com­pe­ti­tion – edg­ing Chu­mak and Hashemi by one kilo­gram.

Triple records

The in­tro­duc­tion of the men’s 96kg weight class also saw Mo­radi set three new world records.

The 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal­ist – a men’s snatch world-record holder with 184kg – bet­tered his own tally in Ash­ga­bat as raised 186kg above his head to set a new record in win­ning the snatch gold.

China’s Tian Tao took the sil­ver with 181kg and Yauheni Tsikhantsou of Be­larus fin­ished third, over­com­ing the 180kg weight.

The 30-year-old Ira­nian then went on to dom­i­nate the clean & jerk cat­e­gory as his 230kglift set a first-ever world record in the new weight class.

Tian again had to set­tle for a place be­hind the Ira­nian with 226kg while Qatar’s Faris Ibrahim El­bakh lifted 217kg for the bronze.

Mo­radi’s third goal came in the to­tal stand­ings as he set a world record with 416kg with Tian (406kg) and Ro­ma­nian Ni­co­lae Onica (391kg) com­ing in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively.

Hav­ing started on Novem­ber 1, the world cham­pi­onships fin­ish to­day at the Ash­ga­bat Olympic Com­plex.

Iran’s Sohrab Mo­radi (C) poses for a photo with his three gold medals on the men’s 96kg podium at the 2018 IWF World Cham­pi­onships in Ash­ga­bat, Turk­menistan, on Novem­ber 7, Iran’s Ali Hashemi (2nd L) and Reza Beiral­vand (2nd R) pose for a photo with their medals on the men’s 102kg podium at the 2018 IWF World Cham­pi­onships in Ash­ga­bat, Turk­menistan, on Novem­ber 7, 2018.

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