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Iran weightlifter clinches 3 medals in IWF junior championships

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Iranian weightlifter Reza Biralvand

Iranian weightlifter Reza Biralvand has featured outstanding performances at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in Japan, and been awarded three medals, including two precious gold ones.

On the seventh day of the prestigious tournament in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, Biralvand took part in the 105-kilogram weight category of the competitions.

He claimed the snatch silver medal with 163 kilograms. His Georgian opponent Dato Khetsuriani raised 173 kilograms overhead to win the gold medal. Takayuki Iwasaki, a representative from Japan, pocketed the bronze medal, having lifted up 163 kilograms.

Biralvand raised 206 kilograms in the clean and jerk contests, and dominated the podium. His Armenian rival Samvel Gasparyan hoisted 205 kilograms and claimed the second spot, while Algeria’s Aymen Touairi took away the bronze with a lift of 201 kilograms.

The Iranian contestant bagged the gold medal with an aggregate of 369 kilograms. The Georgian weightlifter’s overall register hit 368 kilograms and finished in the second place, while the Armenian competitor secured the aggregate bronze medal with 365 kilograms.

The 2017 IWF Junior World Championships began in Tokyo, Japan, on June 15 and will finish on June 23.

The tournament has brought together a total of 265 male and female athletes from 50 countries.

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