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11/24/03

Iran's Falahati-Nejad named 'Weightlifter of the World'

Mohammad-Ali Falahati-Nejad of Iran was announced 'Weightlifter of the World' in 2003 in Vancouver, Canada on Sunday, IRNA reportd.

Falahati-Nejad won the first gold medal of Iran in the 77 kg category of the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships in this Canadian city 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 hand 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.

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



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