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Iran crowned 2017 IWF World champions
Iran won the title of the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center early Wednesday.

The Iranian team finished joint equal top of the medals table with Colombia despite having a men-only team.

Iran’s Saeid Alihosseini claimed a silver medal in the event’s final day in the men’s super-heavyweights.

Georgian Lasha Talakhadze won the gold with a total of 477kg, improving his own world record by 4kg. He also broke his own snatch world record by 3kg when he lifted 220kg.

Alihosseini and Behdad Salimi were second and third with totals of 454kg and 453kg respectively.

Salimi had two lifts overruled by the jury for press-outs – not having his arm locked straight – much to the annoyance of a large contingent of Iranians in the crowd, who roared their disapproval even while others were competing.

Salimi had failed to register a total in the Rio Olympic Games in similar circumstances.

Alihosseini, 29, who still holds the junior world records he set in 2008, was originally banned for life but successfully appealed and has trained at his father’s gym since 2011 when CAS reduced the suspension to eight years. He intends to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Iran’s Sohrab Moradi in 94kg, Ali Hashemi in 105kg won two gold medals. Saeid Alihosseini in +105kg claimed silver and Behdad Salimi (+105) and Seyed Ayoob Mousavijarahi (94kg) seized the bronze medals.

Ali Moradi, president of the Iranian Weightlifting Federation, said his nation expected to have females competing for the first time at next year’s World Championships in Turkmenistan.


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