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Iran's Rezazadeh named World Weightlifter of the Year

Tehran, March 4, IRNA -- The cherubic Iranian hercules, Hossein Rezazadeh, was named "World Weightlifter of the Year 2004" in a ceremony on the 100th anniversary of the international federation in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday.

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The +105 kg world and Olympic champion was also included on the 12-member list of the century's best lifters, say, Pyros Dimas from Greece, Turkish weightlifters, Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, and Russia's Vasily Alexiev.

President of the International Weightlifting Federation, Tamas Ajan, appreciated Rezazadeh in the ceremony, calling him the Olympic record-holder and top lifter of the world.

Ajan awarded the Iranian colossus a plaque of honor.

Iran's weightlifting supremo Ali Moradi and secretary of the country's federation, Darab Riahi, were present in the ceremony.

Rezazadeh proved unrivaled as he won the Olympic gold on walkover in Athens on August 25, 2004.

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.

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

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.

Rezazadeh 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.

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