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Iranian Paralympian powerlifter establishes new world record

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Iranian Paralympian powerlifter Majid Farzin (file photo)

Iranian Paralympian powerlifting star Majid Farzin has set a new world record of 238 kilograms in his 88-kilogram weight class, securing a gold medal at the 24th edition of Iran’s National Par Powerlifting Competitions.

Hany Abdelhady from Egypt had set the previous record of 233 kilograms in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on February 18, 2016.

Seyyed Hamed Solhipour also lifted 230 kilograms at the Iran’s National Par Powerlifting Competitions on Monday and won silver. Omid Hobab collected the bronze with a lift of 185 kilograms.

The 24th edition of Iran’s National Par Powerlifting Competitions started in the capital city of Tehran on July 16, and will conclude on July 18, 2017.

The tournament has attracted more than 100 Iranian Paralympian powerlifters from various corners of Iran.

Farzin clinched the gold medal at the men's 80-kilogram powerlifting event of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 12.

Farzin had a total weight score of 240 kilograms. He raised 230 kilograms first, and then elevated 235 and 240 kilograms in the second and third attempts.

China’s Gu Xiaofei took silver in the men’s 80-kilogram weightlifting class, having a combined total of 228 kilograms, while Uzbek powerlifter Akhror Bozorov bagged bronze with a total of 207 kilograms.

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