Dr. Velayati Send Felicitations on Iran’s Weightlifters on First World Title

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 18:40

The head of Islamic Azad University, board of directors and trustees, has sent felicitations on the occasion of the country's national weightlifting team on achieving its first world title by winning the team gold in IWF World Championships in the US.

According to an ISCA report, Dr. Velayati in a message congratulated the national weightlifting team as well as the Iranian nation, sports officials, sports community, especially the technical staff and coaches, on the glorious success to win the world title for the first time.

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.

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