Iranian super heavyweight lifter Behdad Salimi Kordasiabi has been ruled out of the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships with a serious knee injury just less a month to go for the start of the prestigious sporting event in the United States.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Weightlifting Federation in a statement released on its website on Tuesday announced that the 25-year-old man-mountain suffered the injury as he was trying to lift 262 kilograms overhead in the clean and jerk during his training session on Monday evening.
He was immediately rushed to hospital, where he underwent a surgery following results of an MRI scan.
Salimi Kordasiabi is an instrumental part of Iran’s national weight lifting team, and his injury has dealt a serious blow to his homeland’s hopes and aspirations for the next month’s world championships.
The 2015 World Weightlifting Championships will begin in Houston, the United States, on November 20 and will conclude on November 29.
On August 7, 2012, Salimi Kordasiabi lifted a total of 455 kilograms at ExCel Arena to snatch the gold medal for super weight category of the London Olympic Games.
The 25-year-old, who lifted 208 kilograms in snatch and 247 kilograms in clean and jerk, secured the gold medal with his first clean and jerk lift of 247 kilograms.
The strongman attempted a clean and jerk world record of 264 kilograms, trying to beat the 263 kilograms mark set by Iran’s Hossein Rezazadeh, the two-time Olympic and four-time world champion, at the Sydney Games in 2000.
However, Salimi Kordasiabi failed in his second attempt and abandoned a third lift.