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Rezazadeh named `Weightlifter of the World in 2002'

International Weightlifting Federation on Wednesday named Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh as `Weightlifter of the World in 2002', IRNA reported from Tehran.

The world's +105 kg record-holder Rezazadeh who was named `the strongest man of the world' in 2000 and 2002 was given 1,271 points and the title `Weightlifter of the Year 2002' by the international federation.

Georgy Markov of Bulgaria stood second best weightlifter with 634 points.

Head of of `Benevolent School-Builders Association' in Ardebil announced on Tuesday that Hossein Rezazadeh, the strongest man of the world, intends to build a school in one of the underprivileged area of this northwestern province.

Talking to IRNA, Javad Qoran-Nevis added the weightlifting legend has already promised to construct a six-class school in Ardebil.

According to him, Rezazadeh invests one billion rials (125,000 dollars) for building the school.

Rezazadeh burst spectacularly onto the international scene at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with a superhuman lift to defeat two legends of the sport on the way to gold and the title of the `world's strongest man'.

The 24-year-old Rezazadeh took Olympic gold with a world record total of 472.5kg (212.5kg in the snatch and 260kg in the clean and jerk).

His 260kg lift was one of the heaviest in weightlifting history and proved too much for 1992 gold medalist Weller and 1996 winner Chemerkin who settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Rezazadeh won three gold medals in +105 kg category of the 72nd World Weightlifting Championships in Warsaw, Poland as he totally lifted 472.5 kg. He set a new world record in clean and jerk by 0.5 kg as he lifted 263 kilograms.

On, Jan 9, President Mohammad Khatami granted a `badge of courage' to the Ardebili weightlifter.

During a ceremony held in the presence of several ministers and other state officials at Hafezieh Cultural Complex, Khatami presented medals to 16 athletes of the land, including world-class weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh, freestyle wrestler Alireza Dabir, and taekwondo champion Hadi Saei as a sign of acknowledging their efforts in sportsmanship.

Rezazadeh was voted as `Champion of Champions' of Iran in the year 2002.

Association of Sports Writers, Reporters, and Photographers released the names of the best sportsmen of the country in 2002.

To name the top athletes, the association gathered the votes of 350 sports writers of 32 sports periodicals.

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