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Moradi secures golden double for Iran

Iranian weightlifters won a second gold medal in two days on 13 August when Sohrab Moradi finished well clear of his rivals in the men's 94kg.


When Kianoush Rostami broke a world record in winning the 85kg on 12 August he predicted more glory to come for Iran, and he was right! It arrived in the next event when Moradi won with a total of 403kg, a margin of 8kg, and with two lifts to spare, from Vladzim Straltsou of Belarus and Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania.

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"Now my wish is that Behdad wins his second gold medal, and makes it three for Iran," said Moradi.

Didzbalis might have mounted a stronger challenge but for missing his first two snatch attempts. He also failed with his final clean and jerk, which he followed with a flying somersault. “I only do them when I win a medal," he said. "If I had finished fourth you wouldn't have seen it.”

There were two Iranians in the eight-man field and plenty of their countrymen to support them in a crowd of more than 5,000. Hasem Ali, 24, made only two good lifts for a total of 383kg and seventh place.

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Moradi, 27, had two attempts at a world-record clean and jerk of 234kg after his victory was assured, but never came close with either of them because, he said, he felt a strain in his right thigh.

Iranian lifters could achieve a record-breaking three golds at a single Games if favourite Behdad Salimikordasiabi retains his super-heavyweight title on 16 August.

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