TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s men weightlifting national team has clinched its first ever world champion title, after collecting a total of 509 points at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in the United States.
The competitions were held in Anaheim, California, from November 28 to December 5.
On Monday, Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi broke two world records and clinched the whole 3 gold medals of the 94kg category.
The Rio Olympic Champion set a new world record of 417 kilograms for the combined total on Monday. The 30-year-old successfully lifted 184 kilograms in the snatch before hoisting 233 kilograms in the clean and jerk which smashed the 17-year record of 232 kilograms set by a Polish athlete.
In the same division, another Iranian weightlifter Seyyed Ayub Mousavi grabbed bronze both in the total and the clean and jerk.
Ali Hashemi won the men’s 105 kilogram class after he finished on 404kg. The 26-year-old athlete earned two gold medals and a bronze in the category.
In the 85kg category, Iran’s Kianoush Rostami showed immense physical courage to claim the snatch silver, despite a serious knee injury. The Rio Olympic gold medalist managed to lift 174 kilograms for the precious medal but failed in all his clean and jerk attempts.
At the 105 kilogram category, Behdad Salimi earned a silver and a bronze medal while Seyyed Ali Hosseini won two silver medals and a bronze.
Leader Praises Iranian Weightlifters, Wrestler
In a message released on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei warmly praised the Iranian national weightlifting team for bringing joy to the country by achieving the first world title in the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships in the U.S.
The Leader also lauded Alireza Karimi "from the bottom of heart” for "becoming the symbol of Iranians’ dignity” in the recent U23 World Senior Wrestling Championship in Poland.
Karimi, 23, intentionally lost a match to a Russian rival to avoid facing an Israeli opponent in the next round.
And also, President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the Iranian nation over the victory and expressed gratitude to the weightlifting team for their achievements.
Iran’s weightlifting team had ranked third twice at the world championship competitions in France in 2011 and in Poland in 2013.