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Iran weightlifters collect 8 medals in Asian championships

Iran’s weightlifter Mohammad Reza Barari poses with his gold medal and the national Iranian flag at the end of the 105-kilogram contests of the 46th edition of Senior Men's Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 30, 2016.

Iranian weightlifters have featured commendable performances at the 46th edition of Senior Men's Asian Weightlifting Championships in Uzbekistan, picking up eight medals in the continental sporting event.

On Saturday, Iran’s Mohammad Reza Barari pocketed two medals in the 105-kilogram weight category at Uzbekistan Sport Center in the Uzbek capital city of Tashkent.

Barari raised 180 kilograms overhead to claim the snatch bronze medal. Uzbek sportsman Ivan Efremov took the gold with a lift of 183 kilogram. Mohammed Jassem Abboud from Iraq elevated 181 kilograms to pick up the silver.

The Iranian athlete topped the clean and jerk podium with 221 kilograms. Uzbekistan’s Sardorbek Dusmurotov finished second and won the silver with 218 kilograms. Efremov scooped up the bronze with a lift of 211 kilograms.

Barari finished the competition tied on an aggregate of 401 kilograms. Uzbek competitors Efremov and Dusmurotov landed in the second and third overall slot with 394 and 386 kilograms respectively.

The achievement came a day after Ali Hashemi lifted 174 kilograms and won the snatch silver medal.

He claimed the bronze medal in the clean and jerk with a lift of 200 kilograms, and won the silver medal for an aggregate of 374 kilograms.

On Thursday, Iran’s Ayoub Mousavi claimed two silver medals in the 85-kilogram weight class.

The 46th edition of Senior Men's Asian Weightlifting Championships opened in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 21 and will finish on April 30, 2016.

The tournament, which serves as a qualification event for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, has brought together a total of 161 weightlifters from 30 Asian countries, including China, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, South Korea and Uzbekistan.

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