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Iran's Rezazadeh retains world weightlifting title

Tehran, Nov 18, IRNA-Olympic record holder Hossein Rezazadeh defended his world +105 kg weightlifting title at the 74th edition in Doha, capital of Qatar, Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who invoked Hazrat Abolfazl (AS), a religious leader of the Shiites, prior to his every attempt took two golds in clean and jerk and combined and one silver in snatch categories of the Centennial World Weightlifting Championships in the Sheikh Jassim Stadium's hall.

Rezazadeh, who talked to IRNA after the competitions, expressed his pleasure over winning the honor for the country.

The beefy icon easily locked 210 kg above his head in the third snatch attempt, but Russia's Yevgeny Chigishev managed to lift 211 kg with great effort, grabbing the coveted gold.

The cherubic Iranian hercules, however, proved unrivaled as he flung 251 kg in his first clean-and-jerk lift, enough to fetch the glittering gold.

Rezazadeh, now the two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion, failed to hoist 263 kg in his second attempt and did not try the third lift.

Chigishev, who lifted 246 kg, found 251 kg too heavy, leaving the bar just inches above the floor.

The Bulgarian-born Qatari lifter Jaber Salem Saeed bagged three bronze medals in snatch, clean and jerk, and combined classes, with a total record of 446 kg -- 201 and 245.

The four-member Iranian team stood third in the medals tally with two gold and one bronze medals.

China stole the show with 10 golds, five silvers, and one bronze and Russia finished runner-up with an asset of five golds, five silvers, and one bronze.

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