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Iranian Hercules Rezazadeh set to train in Bulgaria

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA -- World's strongest man, Hossein Rezazadeh, said in Tehran on Sunday he is going to Bulgaria to get ready for the upcoming international tournaments.

photo: ISNA

Iran's +105 kg weightlifter, in his talks with IRNA, added he will accompany his teammates in the training camp in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, to prepare for the Islamic states' competitions, which are to kick off in late March.

Under former Iran manager, Yordan Georgi Ivanov, the weightlifters train in the camp, which will start on Jan 15.

"Ivanov is one of the best coaches in the world and I am pleased to train under him," said the world and Olympic record-holder.

The twice Olympic champion has already said he is determined to add another gold to his asset by standing top in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, capital of China.

The cherubic Iranian colossus proved unrivaled as he won the Olympic gold on walkover in Athens on August 25.

The 26-year-old, who invoked Hazrat Abolfazl (AS), a religious leader of the Shiites, prior to his every attempt edged past all rivals with a 210 kg lift in snatch, which was later combined with a world record of 263.5 kg in the clean and jerk.

Rezazadeh improved his own record by 0.5 kg as he incredibly flung the bar above his head in his third clean-and-jerk effort.

"It was a good performance. I came full strength to win the gold medal," said the Iranian Hercules as he had a copy of the holy Qur'an in his hand.

"I had tough training and Allah helped me."

The beefy icon, now the two-time Olympic gold medalist and twice world champion, was too strong for world superheavies as his total lift, 472.5 kg, was well above the records of silver winner from Latvia Viktors Scerbatihs and Bulgaria's Velichko Cholakov, who bagged bronze.

Scerbatihs totally hoisted 455 kg and Cholakov 447.5.

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