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Iran takes third title at Asian weightlifting event

Tehran, April 12, IRNA -- Iran finished third at the 36th Asian Weightlifting Championships in the Kazakh city Almaty Sunday.

China and Kazakhstan stood top and second on 207.8 and 197.8 points respectively while Iran won 181.8 points.

The fourth to sixth titles went to Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, and Iraq, which collected 177.8, 145.8, and 140.8 points.

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan won two tickets apiece to the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and Thailand, Iraq, and North Korea booked a berth each for the most prestigious event.

Iran had already qualified for all six weight categories.

On the last day, Mohammad Salehi deputizing world's +105kg champion Hossein Rezazadeh bagged three bronze medals.

He hoisted 392.5kg totally -- 177.5 and 215kg -- to rank third.

The Bulgarian-born Qatari lifter, Jaber Salem, garnered three golds with a total weight of 420kg as he raised 190 and 230kg in his snatch and clean-and-jerk efforts.

Logor Makalov from Kazakhstan kept 185 and 227.5kg above his head to snatch silver.

Vahid Rabiei, also an Iranian, finished fifth, lifting 380kg totally.

In 105kg, the 2000 Sydney Olympic champion Hossein Tavakkoli handed Iran a gold by lifting 180kg in snatch.

The Asian clean-and-jerk record holder, who had raised 210kg unbelievably failed to lift 217.5kg in his second effort and hurt his knee severely and was rushed to hospital after his third struggle.

Tavakkoli grabbed two silvers for his clean-and-jerk and total records.

Dimitry Bronov from Kazakhstan lifting 177.5 and 217.5 took the snatch silver as well as clean and jerk and total golds while Mohsen Biranvand added two bronze medals to Iran's asset by raising 175 and 207.5kg.

Twenty-four countries pitted 102 lifters in the Asian competitions.

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