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Iran's Hercules Rezazadeh grabs two golds and a bronze in World Weightlifting

The curtain fell down on the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships here Saturday night as Iranian Hercules Hossein Rezazadeh touched gold -- touch wood, IRNA reported from Vancouver.

Photo: ISNA

The world particularly Iranians glued to their TV sets to watch the magnificent display of the strongest man in +105 kg tough competitions.

In defiance of his leg injury, Rezazadeh lifted 457.5 kg and the title among 35 beefy competitors, winning two golds and one bronze.

The 24-year-old Rezazadeh, who scooped up three golds and set a new clean and jerk record by 0.5 kg by clearing 263 kg in the 72nd edition in Warsaw, Poland, failed to improve his own snatch record, 213 kg, in his third effort for 213.5 kg and bagged bronze with 207.5 kg.

Qatar celebrated the snatch title as Jaber S. Salem hoisted 210 kg, standing above Ukraine's Artem Udachyn due to his lower body weight.

Rezazadeh retained the clean and jerk title, raising 250 kg in his first move. He did not succeed in handling 263.5 kg -- 0.5 kg above his own record -- in his second effort.

Photo: ISNA
The world's weightlifting phenom refused to take the third chance. Viktors Scrbatis from Latvia snatched the silver as he lifted 245 kg and the bronze went to the Bulgarian representative, Velichko Cholakov, who kept 242.5 kg above his head.

Another gold was added to the Iranian's asset when he grabbed the combined title with a total weight of 457.5 kg -- 207.5 and 250. Udachyn won the silver with 450 kg (210 and 240) and Cholakov took the bronze with 447.5 kg (205 and 242.5).

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