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Heavyweight weightlifter of Iran Hossein Rezazadeh says unrivaled in Asia

National heavyweight weightlifter of Iran, Hossein Rezazadeh, on Monday said nobody can compete with him in the Asian event, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Talking to IRNA, the +105 kg world champion added he enjoys in-form build and high spirit, expressing hope to return home from China with the gold medal.

Rezazadeh is to leave the country for China Tuesday. Iran's Hercules said Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and China are the archrivals of the country but Iran and China will have undoubtedly a close competition for the top title.

The weightlifter from Ardebil, northwest Iran, has already said he will seek perfect fitness in the Asian Weightlifting Championships in China to set new records in the world event in Vancouver, Canada.

He said he has eyed the title of the Asian competitions. Rezazadeh burst spectacularly onto the international scene at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with a superhuman lift to defeat two legends of the sport on the way to gold and the title of the `world` strongest man`.

The 24-year-old Rezazadeh took Olympic gold with a world record total of 472.5 kg (212.5 kg in the snatch and 260 kg in the clean and jerk).

His 260kg lift was one of the heaviest in weightlifting history and proved too much for 1992 gold medalist Weller and 1996 winner Chemerkin who settled for silver and bronze respectively.

Rezazadeh won three gold medals in +105 kg category of the 72nd World Weightlifting Championships in Warsaw, Poland as he totally lifted 472.5 kg. He set a new world record in clean and jerk by 0.5 kg as he lifted 263 kilograms.

On, Jan 9, President Mohammad Khatami granted a `badge of courage` to the Ardebili weightlifter.

During a ceremony held in the presence of several ministers and other state officials at Hafezieh Cultural Complex, Khatami presented medals to 16 athletes of the land, including world-class weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh, freestyle wrestler Alireza Dabir, and taekwondo champion Hadi Saei as a sign of acknowledging their efforts in sportsmanship.

Rezazadeh was voted `Champion of Champions` of Iran in the year 2002.

Association of Sports Writers, Reporters, and Photographers released the names of the best sportsmen of the country in 2002. To name the top athletes, the association gathered the votes of 350 sports writers of 32 sports periodicals.

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