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Iran's Rezazadeh swoops golds, named Hungarian GP `Champion of Champions'

The strongest man of the world, Hossein Rezazadeh, was announced `Champion of Champions' of Hungary's Grand Prix as he won three golds of the +105 kg category on Saturday, IRNA reported.

In the world-class competitions that were sponsored by the International Weightlifting Federation, the top lifters participated but it was the Iranian hercules 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 of Ukraine, Austria, and Turkey ranked first to third with 395, 395, and 387.5 kg respectively. The Ukrainian weighed lighter than his Austrian rival.

The Iranian lifters will return home on Monday. Secretary of Iran's Weightlifting Federation, Darab Riahi, and Bulgarian Coach Stoichev are accompanying the duo.

Hossein Rezazadeh, the strongest man of the world in 2002 and 2003, expressed hope to reign the +105 kg weightlifting category for the coming years.

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.

... Payvand News - 5/11/03 ... --

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