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Asian Games hero Moradi on top of the world at Ashgabat

Date : 08 Nov 2018

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, November 8, 2018: The Rio 2016 and 18th Asian Games champion Sohrab Moradi of Iran became world champion in the men’s 96kg category and set three “world standards” in the IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Wednesday, November 7.

The 30-year-old Iranian, after lifting 181kg in the snatch and missing the first attempt at 186kg, successfully broke the world standard with his third attempt at the same weight.

In the clean and jerk, Moradi set the world mark at 230kg and with it the total record at 416kg. He couldn’t go up to 237kg and his nearest challenger Tian Tao (CHN) could not execute his attempt at 236kg.

Moradi, the 2017 world champion, had broken world records at the OCA’s 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat in September 2017 and also at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta in August.

Olympic silver medallist in 2016, Tian earned three silver medals with 181kg, 226kg and 407kg in total.

The three bronze medals went to lifters from three different nations, including Fares Ibrahim E.H. Elbakh (Qatar) in the clean and jerk with 217kg.

* Medals were also won in the women’s 76kg event with China’s Wang Zhouyu topping the overall podium with 270kg after finishing second in the snatch with 118kg and first in the clean and jerk with 152kg.

North Korea’s Rim Jong Sim prevailed in the snatch with 119kg and would have won the clean and jerk and total titles had she not failed with her final attempt, and the last of the whole competition, at 153kg.

The two-time Olympic champion ended up second in the clean and jerk with 150kg and in the total with 269kg.

* With three days of competition remaining, China lead the medal standings with 17 golds, 18 silvers and 10 bronzes.

* The 2018 World Championships are the first event to be held since the re-structuring of the IWF’s weight classes, nullifying earlier records. It is for this reason that the term "world standard" is being used as opposed to "world record".

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