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Iran weightlifters win 9 medals in 2nd International Fajr Cup

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Iranian weightlifter Hossein Golparvar

Iranian weightlifters have featured outstanding performances at the second edition of the International Fajr Cup, and been awarded nine medals.

On Friday, Mostafa Zare’ei made a clean sweep of all the available gold medals in the 65-kilogram weight category of the competitions in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, located approximately 830 kilometers southwest of the capital, Tehran.

Zare’ei snatched the snatch gold with 130 kilograms; and his Turkish opponent raised 128 kilograms overhead to pocket the silver. Shafiq Jaan, a representative from Afghanistan, got the bronze medal, having lifted up 80 kilograms.

Zare’ei raised 151 kilograms in the clean and jerk contests, and dominated the podium. His Turkish rival hoisted 150 kilograms and claimed the second spot, while the Afghanistan’s Jaan took away the bronze with a lift of 100 kilograms.

Zare’ei edged the Turkish contestant to bag the gold medal with an aggregate of 281 kilograms. The Turkish weightlifter’s overall register hit 278 kilograms and finished in the second place, while the Afghan competitor secured the aggregate bronze medal with 180 kilograms.

Later in the day, Yaqoub Pashoutani lifted 118 kilograms to strike the silver medal in the snatch event of the 62-kilogram class.

He lifted 149 kilograms to claim the clean and jerk gold medal for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Pashoutani stood on the top podium for an aggregate of 267 kilograms, and was followed by a Romanian participant with his aggregated tied on 263 kilograms.

Moreover, Hossein Golparvar clinched the snatch gold in the 56-kilogram weight division with a lift of 111 kilograms.

He won the gold in the clean and jerk, having elevated 130 kilograms. Golparvar received the aggregate gold for 241 kilograms.

The second edition of the International Fajr Cup began in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, on March 9, and will finish on March 14, 2017.

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