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Iranian weightlifters clinch gold medals at IPC Asia Open Championships

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Iran's Paralympic weightlifter Majid Farzin

Iran’s physically-challenged weightlifters have put in incredible performances on the way to becoming world champions at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Kazakhstan.

On Tuesday, Majid Farzin entered the competitions in the men's up to 80-kilogram weight category at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty with a 225-kilogram first lift. He added seven kilograms in the second round and elevated 232 kilograms.

He then secured victory with a 234-kilogram lift in the third attempt. Farzin tried to lift more kilograms in the fourth round but was unsuccessful.

Chinese athlete Gu Xiaofei pressed 223 kilograms to claim the silver medal, while Russia’s Alexander Belov picked up the bronze with a final of 181 kilograms.

The men's up to 72-kilogram section saw a contest between Iraqi Beijing 2008 silver medalist Rasool Mohsin and Iranian Nader Moradi, who, in the first round, bettered Mohsin’s record of 212 kilograms by one kilogram to take an early lead on Monday.

Mohsin responded in the second round, achieving 222 kilograms. The Iranian sportsman, however, failed in his 220-kilogram second lift.

In the third round, the Iraqi weightlifter attempted 225 kilograms and picked up the gold.

Moradi’s attempt for 222-kilogram third attempt did not make the grade, and the Iranian snatched silver with a lift of 213 kilograms. Jodan’s Abdelkareem Mohmmad Khattab lifted 205 kilograms to finish with the bronze medal.

Earlier on Monday, Iran's Amir Jafari Arangeh added four kilograms to his own Asian record in the men’s up to 59-kilogram class. He registered three fine lifts (184, 189 and 192 kilograms) to be awarded the gold medal.

China’s Quanxi Yang settled for silver with 181 kilograms, while Russian weightlifter Ildar Bedderdinov (178 kilograms) completed the podium with bronze.

The 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships started in the Kazakh city of Almaty on June 26, and will run until July 30.

The tournament, which features more than 220 athletes from 32 countries, is a key qualifier for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.


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