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Iranian weightlifter Rezazadeh breaks world record

Rasht, July 16, IRNA -- Iranian +105 kg weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh set a new world record in a training session in Langeroud, northern Gilan province, Thursday night.

Rezazadeh raised 265 kg in his clean-and-jerk effort, improving his own record by two kilograms.

The Ardebili lifter won three gold medals in +105 kg category of the 72nd World Weightlifting Championships in Warsaw, Poland, in 2002 as he totally lifted 472.5 kg. He broke the world record in clean and jerk by 0.5 kg as he hoisted 263 kilograms.

He set a new world +105 kg snatch record at the 35th Asian Weightlifting Championships, which ended in China on September 14, 2003.

Iran stood top among 13 participating countries with 599 points and the host China and Indonesia finished runner-up and third with 514 and 493 points respectively.

Kazakhstan, Thailand, and North Korea stood fourth to sixth.

Rezazadeh improved the world's +105 kg record by 0.5 kg as he lifted 213 kg in snatch.

Rezazadeh shot to fame 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's strongest man."

He 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 260 kg 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.

He was voted as Iran's "Champion of Champions" and "Sportsman of the Year" in the years 2000, 2002, and 2003.

With two golds and one bronze, Rezazadeh lifted 457.5 kg and +105 kg title in the 73rd World Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver, southwest of Canada, on Nov 22, 2003.

The 24-year-old Rezazadeh failed to improve his own snatch record, 213 kg, in his third effort for 213.5 kg and bagged bronze with 207.5 kg.

He retained the clean and jerk title, keeping 250 kg above his head in the first move. The lifter did not succeed in handling 263.5 kg -- 0.5 kg above his own record -- in his second effort.


Rezazadeh said the gold medal he won in the Norwegian grand prix on May 15 has greatly raised his spirits for 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

The Iranian lifter added the victory in Norway has helped him a lot to beat his Bulgarian-born Qatari archrival, Jaber al-Salem, in the Greek capital.

Rezazadeh lifted 450 kg and Norway's GP title.

He hoisted 200 kg and 250 kg in snatch and clean and jerk to win a 4,000-dollar purse.

A Lithuanian lifter stood second by lifting 200 and 240 kg and Andriy Chemerkin from Russia finished third, raising 180 and 220 kg.

The fourth and fifth titles went to Polish and Norwegian representatives respectively.

Rezazadeh also stood top in last edition of Norwegian competitions.

Targeting the Olympic title, the Iranian champion is determined to lift over 465 kg to win the coveted gold medal of 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

"The lifter, who has eyed the gold has no alternative but to raise more than 465 kg," the Iranian Hercules said.

The 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist revealed his craving for the glittering gold of Athens Games, saying he will make every effort to win the title.

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