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Iran's Panzovan stands second in world weightlifting group

Iran's 85 kg weightlifter, Seyed Hadi Panzovan, ranked second in Group B of the 73rd world edition in Vancouver, southwest of Canada, Wednesday, IRNA reported.

Raising 365 kg totally, the Iranian finished runner-up to his Albanian rival, Iler Kafarani, due to his 400-gram body weight excess.

Panzovan hoisted 167.5 kg in snatch to occupy the second place as Gardov from Bulgaria stood top due to his lower body weight -- 300 grams -- and Kafarani finished third with 165 kg.

In clean and jerk, the Albanian ranked first by lifting 200 kg followed by Saudi Arabia's Ramzi who kept 200 kg above his head and the third-placed Panzovan with 197.5 kg.

Kafarani was announced the group leader with 365 kg for his lower body weight, Panzovan finished second with 365 kg, and Ramzi third with 360 kg.

Mehdi Panzovan, Hadi's brother, Sunday finished 11th among 38 weightlifters competing in 69 kg category with a total weight of 317.5 kg.

Defending champion Guozheng Zhang of China won the 69 kg title as he raised a total of 245 kg to outdo Russian junior Vladislav Lukanin, who won the clean-and-jerk title but finished five kilos behind in total.

The Chinese, who stood fourth at 2000 Sydney Olympic Games won the snatch competition by finally making his starting weight 152.5 kg on his third and final attempt.

Lukanin, 19, grabbed the overall silver over South Korean Bae-Young Lee due to his lower body weight.

Body weight was also a factor in claiming the clean-and-jerk gold from Zhang as both lifted 192.5 kg.

They surpassed the previous record of 187.5 kg for the clean and jerk and the new 335 kg total record was set by Rudik Petrosyan of the United States.

Zhang won the snatch gold over Pole Arkadisz Smolka, the 2000 Olympic champion, who lifted the same weight but had a heavier body weight.

The world event will qualify 187 lifters for 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.


Mohammad-Ali Falahati-Nejad won the first gold medal of Iran in the 77 kg category Wednesday.

The Iranian lifter hunted the clean and jerk and combined golds as he totally hoisted 357.5 kg -- 155 kg in snatch and 202.5 kg in clean and jerk.

He finished eighth in snatch competition among 38 weightlifters participating in this class.

Mohammad-Hossein Barkhah, also representing Iran in 77 kg, pulled out due to his elbow injury he picked while raising 165 kg.

Li Hong-li of China grabbed the snatch coveted gold, lifting 162.5 kg followed by the silver medalist Viacheslav Ershov from Russia and the bronze winner Gevorg Davtyan of Armenia with 162.5 kg and 160 kg respectively.

Davtyan won two silvers in clean and jerk and combined categories with 195 kg and 355 kg while the Turkish weightlifter Mehmet Yilmaz took the clean and jerk bronze with 195 kg and his fellow countryman Reyhan Arabacioglu snatched the combined bronze with 355 kg.

Romania's Calancea lifts world's 85 kg title, Iranian 9th

Valeriu Calancea of Romania celebrated the 69 kg title of the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

Calancea raised 162.5 kg and 215 kg in snatch and clean and jerk, stripping the Chinese lifter Yuan Aijun of the combined gold due to his lower body weight.

Aijun hoisted 170 kg and 212.5 kg, snatching the silver. The bronze medal went to the Armenian-born lifter of Australia with 377.5 kg -- 172.5 kg and 205 kg.

Seyed Hadi Panzovan of Iran stood ninth as he totally lifted 365 kg (167.5 kg and 197.5 kg).

... Payvand News - 11/20/03 ... --

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