Iran’s Sohrab Mo­radi wins gold medal at IWF World Cham­pi­onships

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Sohrab Mo­radi of Iran snatched a gold medal at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Weightlift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IWF) World Cham­pi­onships at the Ana­heim Con­ven­tion Cen­ter early Mon­day.

Mo­radi, who won gold in Rio last year, broke two world records in win­ning the 94 kilo­gram class, to take an easy win over Lithua­nia’s Auri­mas Didzbalis by 29 kilo­grams.

Iran’s Ay­oob Mousavi was in third place, three kilo- grams be­hind the Lithua­nian.

The 29-year-old Mo­radi jumped from 220kg to 233kg on his fifth lift to break the clean and jerk world record of 232kg set in 2000 by Poland’s Szy­mon Kolecki, and bet­ter by four kilo­grams his own world record for the to­tal, which he im­proved to 417kg.

”I wanted to sur­prise ev­ery­body and I did,” Mo­radi told Reuters. ”I am proud to make ev­ery Ira­nian across the world very happy.”

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