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Iran's invincible Rezazadeh lifts Norway Grand Prix title

World Hercules Hossein Rezazadeh lifted the heaviest weights and title in +105 kg category of the Norwegian Grand Prix Saturday night, IRNA reported.

The strongest man of the world in the years 2000 and 2002 kept 455 kg above his head totally, standing top in Norway. Rezazadeh lifted 205 kg in snatch and 250 kg in clean and jerk.

Iran's beefy lifter was announced `Weightlifter of the Tournament.'

In first snatch move, Rezazadeh lifted 190 kg and then tried 200 and 205 kg successfully.

In his clean-and-jerk efforts, the weightlifter from Ardebil, Northwest of Iran, firstly lifted 240 kg and easily managed to tolerate 250 kg in the second move.

He refused to add the weight as his Bulgarian Coach Stoichev preferred not to ask for the third move.

Russian weightlifter Andriy Chemerkin finished runner-up with a total of 425 kg (185 and 240 kg) and a Norwegian, Stein Grimst, took the third title as he totally lifted 375 kg -- 180 and 195 kg in snatch and clean and jerk, respectively.

On May 10, Rezazadeh was announced `Champion of Champions' of Hungary's Grand Prix as he won three golds of the +105 kg class.

In the world-class competitions that were sponsored by the International Weightlifting Federation, the top lifters participated but it was the undisputed Iranian champion who stole the show.

Rezazadeh lifted 200 kg in snatch and held 250 kg above his head in a clean-and-jerk effort, winning the highest prize-money.

Two Polish heavyweight weightlifters bagged the +105 kg silver and bronze medals with totally 420 and 417.5 kilograms.

Representing Iran in 105 kg, Hossein Tavakkoli stood fourth as he lifted 170 and 210 kg in snatch and clean and jerk respectively.

Tavakkoli won the 105 kg gold in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Weightlifters from Ukraine, Austria and Turkey ranked first to third with 395, 395, and 387.5 kg respectively. The Ukrainian weighed lighter than his Austrian rival.

Rezazadeh expressed hope to reign the +105 kg weightlifting category for the coming years.

He 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 472.5 kg (212.5 kg in the snatch and 260 kg in the clean and jerk).

His 260 kg 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 collected the votes of 350 sports writers of 32 sports periodicals.

... Payvand News - 6/15/03 ... --

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