The World Weightlifting Championships wrapped up in the French capital city of Paris on November 13. China finished first in the event, followed by Russia and Iran. This was the first time that Iran stood on the third place in the world weightlifting tournaments.
Iranian super heavyweight weightlifters Anoushirvan Sajjadi (L) &Behdad Salimi in Paris
Iranian lifter Behdad Salimi won the gold medal in the men's +105kg division at the World Weightlifting Championships in Paris on Sunday. Salimi hoisted 214kg in the snatch, breaking world record set by countryman Hossein Rezazadeh (aka Iranian Hercules) by one kilogram. Salimi lifted 250kg in the clean and jerk and won the gold medal with a total of 464kg.
Iranian athlete Sajjad Anoushiravani won the silver medal by lifting 198kg in the snatch and 241kg in the clean and jerk to record a total of 439kg.
Behdad Salimi presents victory to Iranians
Young Iranian athlete Behdad Salimi says he presents his recent victory in the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships to the Iranian people.
"I present this historic victory to all Iranians," Salimi said after winning three gold medals on Sunday.
Behdad Salimi also expressed hope that he would set records in the 2012 Olympic Games in London next year.