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Iran finishes runner-up in IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships

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Members of Iran's national junior team pose for a photograph at the end of the 2016 IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Penang Island, Malaysia, on October 25, 2016.

Iranians have produced commendable performances at the 2016 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Malaysia, and finished as the vice-champion of the international sporting event.

On Tuesday, Iran’s Ali Davoudi pocketed all three goal medals in the over 94-kilogram weight category of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) games in Penang Island on the northwestern coast of Malaysia.

The Iranian athlete raised 170 kilograms overhead to be awarded the snatch gold medal. Contenders from Russia elevated 160 kilograms and 157 kilograms respectively to settle for the silver and bronze medals.

Davoudi did better than his opponents in the clean and jerk with 205 kilograms and won the gold medal. His compatriot, Mohammad Reza Roshani, lifted 191 kilograms to claim the second spot and a silver medal. A representative from Russia struck the bronze with a lift of 190 kilograms.

The young Iranian sportsman ended his campaign on an aggregate of 375 kilograms to clinch the gold medal. A Russian weightlifter occupied the second place with 350 kilograms. Roshani landed in the third overall slot with 342 kilograms.

Russian youth weightlifters won the championships title with 489 points followed by Iran (471) and Poland (456).

The 2016 IWF Youth World Weightlifting Championships started in Penang Island, Malaysia, on October 19 and finished on October 25.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Weightlifting Federation had dispatched a team of eight weightlifters to the event.


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