Iranian Champion Lifter Smashes 18-Year-Old World Record

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:10

Iranian Olympic champion weightlifter has succeeded in breaking the longest standing world record in the sport to win gold at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

According to an ISCA report, Sohrab Moradi broke Georgian-Greek athlete Kakhi Kakhiashvili record, who had created the previous record of 412 kilograms during the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, after he lifted a total of 413 kilograms and set a new world record in the 94-kilogram weight class.

“I have worked very hard and devoted my life to weightlifting, training non-stop three times a day. I allocate my time only to weightlifting, nothing else. This is the secret of my success,” he told reporters.

“The world record is the result of these efforts. One of my goals in life was to win Olympic gold because this is very important for every athlete. Another goal was to break the world record and I have done that… it was one of my wishes this year,” Moradi told AFP.

The 29-year-old successfully lifted 185kg in the snatch then summoned up all his remaining strength to hoist 228kg in the clean and jerk after failing with his first attempt at 220kg.

The 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, which is the 5th edition of the continental tournament, opened in the Turkmen capital city of Ashgabat on September 17, and will finish on September 27.

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