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Iranian weightlifter Javadi bags two gold medals in 2023 World Championships

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Iranian weightlifter Mirmostafa Javadi

Iranian weightlifter Mirmostafa Javadi has delivered remarkable performances at the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships in Saudi Arabia, claiming two gold medals at the prestigious international sports event.

On Monday night, the 23-year-old athlete won the highly competitive men’s 89-kilogram Group A division at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Olympic Complex in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Javadi topped the clean and jerk podium with 215 kilograms. China’s Li Dayin finished second and won the silver with 213 kilograms. Venezuelan weightlifter Keydomar Vallenilla scooped up the bronze with a lift of 210 kilograms.

The Iranian sportsman finished the competition tied on an aggregate of 384 kilograms. Li and Vallenilla landed in the second and third overall slots with 383 and 381 kilograms respectively.

Earlier, Armenia’s Andranik Karapetyan raised 175 kilograms overhead to claim the snatch gold medal. Moldovan contestant Marin Robu took the silver with a lift of 173 kilograms. Vallenilla elevated 171 kilograms to pick up the bronze.

The 2023 World Weightlifting Championships started in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on September 4, and will finish on September 17.

The weightlifting competition serves as a qualification event for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.

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