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Iran weightlifter collects three medals in world championships

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Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami (L) poses with his silver medal at the end of the 85-kilogram contests of the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston, the United States, on November 25, 2015.

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has featured commendable performances at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in the United States, finishing as the overall vice champion.

On Wednesday, 24-year-old Rostami fetched three medals, including two silvers, for Iran in the 85-kilogram weight class at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

The battle for the snatch medals saw China’s Tao Tian take gold with a lift of 178 kilograms, and Russian lifter Artem Okulov raised 174 kilograms overhead to scoop up the silver. Rostami elevated 173 kilograms to round off the podium and pick up the bronze.

The Iranian sportsman later participated in the clean and jerk contests. He began with a first attempt of 214 kilograms, which he mightily elevated. Rostami, however, failed in his attempts to equal the clean and jerk world record at 218 kilograms and better it at 219 kilograms, and grabbed the silver.

Okulov topped the clean and jerk podium with 216 kilograms. Okulov’s compatriot Apti Aukhadov finished third and won the bronze with 212 kilograms.

Okulov came away with the overall title after registering a winning total of 391 kilograms. Rostami claimed the silver medal with 387 kilograms in the total lift. Aukhadov seized the bronze with a total of 380 kilograms.

The 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships started in Houston, Texas, on November 20, and will conclude on November 28.


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