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Iranian weightlifter wins silver

Source: Press TV; photos by Mehdi Zareh, Mehr News Agency

Iran's Morteza Rezaeian has won the silver medal in the men's -69kg weightlifting in the second day of the Asian Games held in Guangzhou, China.

Iranian weightlifter Morteza Rezaeian

Kim Kum-sok from North Korea claimed the gold medal on Monday.

The two lifters finished the competition tied on an aggregate of 324kg, but Kim got the nod due to his less weight than the Iranian athlete.

Triyatno of Indonesia overcame a disastrous snatch section to claim bronze.

Iran's coach Kourosh Baqeri accepted the climactic finish that saw Kim edge Rezaeian.

"This time he lost the gold medal, but it's better than a bronze," Baqeri said. "His body weight is just a little bit heavier than Kim's."

Kim had to be happy with 143kg in the snatch, a weight Triyatno, the 2009 Asian champion and world bronze medalist, matched seamlessly after Rezaeian and Iranian teammate Seyyed Mehdi Panzvan were successful with their opening efforts at the same level.

Panzvan and Rezaeian both finished on 147kg, the latter coming agonizingly close to snatching 150kg.

Rezaeian, whose clean and jerk let him down at the Antalya worlds in September, managed 177kg but Panzvan bombed at 173.

Rezaeian's lift on his third and final effort put himself into pole position, but with the Iranians out of the clean and jerk, the cat-and-mouse continued between Kim and Triyatno.

Kim finally triumphed after nailing 181kg on his second lift to secure gold, but Triyatno failed at 182kg to hand Rezaeian silver.

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