Warsaw: Hossein Reza Zadeh of Iran set a world record by lifting 263 kilograms in the clean and jerk, helping him win the gold medal in the men’s over 105-kilogram division at the World Weightlifting Championships.
Reza Zadeh bettered the 1998 IWF clean and jerk world standard of 262.5 kilograms by half a kilogram. On Tuesday, he snatched 210 kilograms and won the gold with a total of 472.5 kilograms, equalling his own Sydney Olympics record.
“I was prepared to beat the world record,” Reza Zadeh said. “I lifted more than 262.5 kilograms during workouts. I wanted to beat the world record last month at the Asian Games but failed. If Allah permits, I will be the first man in the world to lift a total of 500 kilograms,” Reza Zadeh said.
The silver medal went to Bulgaria’s Damian Damianov, who snatched 205 kilograms and lifted 245 in the clean and jerk for a total of 450 kilograms.
Damianov used only two attempts in each category. “The competition did not call for three attempts and Reza Zadeh was beyond my reach anyway,” he said. “I did not make the third attempt in snatch to save forces for clean and jerk.”Third went to Artiom Udakhin of Ukraine with a snatch of 200 kilograms, a clean and jerk of 240 and a total of 440. (AP)