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Hossein Rezazadeh, aka the Iranian Hercules, bids farewell to contests

Tehran, July 24, IRNA - World heavyweight weightlifting champion that had several times broken the world records in his class, bid farewell to contests for good in Tehran on Wednesday.

Hossein Rezazadeh who is by far the most famous heavy weigh world champion of weightlifting was also known as "Hercules" at sports circles announced his decision to bid farewell to the games in a letter addressed to the Head of Iran's Weight Lifting Federation, Bahram Afsharzadeh.

The letter is in fact a response to Afsharzadeh's earlier letter to Hercules, in which he had mentioned the experts and sports doctors' suggestion that it is time for Rezazadeh to end heavy activities.

Hossein Rezazadeh who during his 15 years of competing at sports scenes gained 14 gold medals for the Iranian nation at world, Asian and Olympic games, and improved the records of the World Weight Lifting several times, is the only sportsman in the history of Iranian sports that won gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games, namely the Sydney 2000 and the Athens 2004.

Rezazadeh has in his letter said, "I am quite certain that my young friends can quite efficiently repeat the pride we gained at previous Olympics at Beijing 2008 Games, which is why I accept the doctors' advice and bid farewell to this, and future competitions of weightlifting."

The popular champion who is leaving the scene of competitions at the peak of success has in his letter also begged the pardon of the Iranian nation, hoping that he would not have ot feel ashamed of him due to factors that are beyond his control.

The 1998 Gold Medal of the 1998 Thailand Asian Games and the 1999 Gold Medal of the Greek World Championship, are only two of the precious medals Rezazadeh gained for the Iranian nation.

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Iran weightlifting legend pulls out of Olympics But the road to Beijing as not been easy. Rezazadeh was injured in a car crash in August 2007 when the vehicle taking him to a training camp in northern Iran swerved into a mountainside in heavy fog. He last competed at the Asian Games in Doha in December 2006. -AFP


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