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Iran wins Afro-Asian weightlifting gold, silver


Iran snatched the gold and silver medals of 94 kg of the first Afro-Asian weightlifting event in Hyderabad, India on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

Ali Dehqanian bagged the coveted gold with a total weight of 332.5 kg. He lifted 142.5 kg and 190 kg in snatch and clean and jerk. Omid Naeij added a silver to Iran's asset by keeping 150 kg and 180 kg in his snatch and clean-and-jerk efforts. A Kazakh weightlifter took the bronze.

On Tuesday, Iran's representative in 85 kg, Behrouz Qorbani, grabbed the silver medal.

The Iranian lifted 157.5 kg and 185 kg in snatch and clean and jerk, standing second with a total 342.5 kg weight.

A Nigerian weightlifter snatched the coveted gold with a total weight of 345 kg -- 150 kg and 195 kg -- and the bronze went to a Kazakh, who totally kept 335 kg (145 kg and 190 kg) above his head. Javad Nader, also an Iranian, finished fourth as he lifted 147.5 kg and 175 kg -- totally 322.5 kg.

On Monday, Iran's 77 kg weightlifter Mahmoud Esmaeilzadeh ranked fourth.

With a total weight 297.5 kg, Esmaeilzadeh followed the weightlifters of Nigeria, India, Libya, who stood first to third respectively.

The Iranian lifted 130 kg and 167.5 kg in his snatch and clean-and-jerk efforts.

Nigeria won the glittering gold with a total weight 322 kg, India took the silver with 322 kg, and Libya won the bronze with 302.5 kg. Indian weightlifter Satis Aran finished second due to his 300-gram excess weight.

Talking to IRNA, coach Massoud Qassemi said Iran has eight representatives in the 77, 85, 95, 105, +105 kg categories of the competitions.

The 105 kg competitions start Thursday during which Abdolreza Fouladivand of Iran put his power to the test, and the two +105 kg weightlifters Mohammad Salehi and Rashid Sharifi are getting ready for Friday's tough contests.

Twelve countries including Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Algeria, Uganda, Libya, Zambia, and Indonesia have participated in the weightlifting meet of the Afro-Asian competitions.

President of Iran's Weightlifting Federation Ali Moradi, who is the secretary general of the Asian Weightlifting Confederation, and the IWF Secretary Darab Riahi are accompanying the team.

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