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Iranian weightlifters lauded in Vancouver, Canada

Iranian weightlifters were appreciated by the country's embassy in Holiday Inn in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday night, IRNA reported.

Iranian Embassy No. 2 official, Dabiran, extolled the team for its success in the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships. He said the Iranians residing in Canada pride themselves on having such sportsmen, wishing for greater achievements in the future. President of Iran's Weightlifting Federation, Ali Moradi, also expressed hope that the national lifters can bring honor for the country in other international events.

The embassy officials presented cash prizes to the weightlifters. Hossein Rezazadeh and Mohammad-Ali Falahati-Nejad collected a purse of 10 thousand Canadian dollars and other members were awarded 3600 dollars.

The Canada-based Iranian companies presented some gifts to the weightlifters.

According to the schedule, the Iranian team will arrive in Tehran early Thursday.

Iran moved up two places in the world weightlifting rankings Saturday night, standing fifth among 71 participating states. Winning 117 points, Iran followed champion China, Turkey, Russia, and Romania which ranked first to fourth with 172, 164, 153, and 119 points respectively.

With an asset of four golds and one bronze, Iran finished runner-up to China in terms of medals. The Chinese won six golds, five silvers, and two bronzes.

Turkey took the third position with three gold, four silver, and five bronze medals.

Iran finished third in the 72nd edition in Warsaw, Poland. Eight weightlifters represented Iran in the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships which ended in Vancouver, southwest of Canada, Saturday night.

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.

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. In defiance of his leg injury, Hossein 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. 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).

... Payvand News - 11/24/03 ... --

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