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Iran's Rezazadeh Ready to lift Norway GP title

Tehran, May 8, IRNA -- World's +105 kg weightlifting champion, Hossein Rezazadeh, is fit to win the crown of a grand prix in Norway.

The powerful Iranian lifter has been scheduled to leave for Norway on May 12.

Bulgarian manager Trendavi Stoichev and president of Iran's Weightlifting Federation, Ali Moradi, will accompany the popular lifter.

Norway is holding just +105 kg competitions and the champion wins 4,000 dollars.

Rezazadeh stood top in the last edition.

The world's strongest man is determined to lift over 470 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 470 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 his best to lift the title.

Rezazadeh added the training camp helps him to retain desirable physical fitness.

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'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.

Rezazadeh 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 set a new world record in clean and jerk by 0.5 kg as he lifted 263 kilograms.

Rezazadeh 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.

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, hoisting 250 kg in his first move. The lifter did not succeed in handling 263.5 kg -- 0.5 kg above his own record -- in his second effort.

... Payvand News - 5/8/04 ... --

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