0719 GMT April 03, 2020
Behdad lifted 216 kilograms in snatch to best Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze, who had just set a new world record, in Rio de Janeiro's Riocentro — Pavilion 2 — on Tuesday but was not ranked in the final standings as the jury did not accept any of his attempts in the clean and jerk, Press TV reported.
During the clean and jerk stage, the Iranian champion lifted 245 kilograms but received two red lights from the judges, a contentious move severely protested by the Iranian coaching team. For his second attempt, he once again lifted 245 kilograms and despite getting three white lights from the judges, the jury committee did not accept the result. And in his third attempt he failed to lift the barbell.
Talakhadze won the event’s gold with a total of 473 kilograms with Armenia’s Gor Minasyan and Georgia's Irakli Turmanidze standing in the second and third spots, respectively.
Talakhadze made six good lifts, just as he had done in winning the European title in April.
He returned from a two-year doping ban last year in time to compete at the IWF World Championships. He finished second to Russia’s Aleksei Lovchev but was promoted to first place when Lovchev tested positive.
On Tuesday, Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the 94-kilogram category after lifting a total of 403 kilograms, and on Friday, Kianoush Rostami won Iran’s first gold after lifting a total of 396 kilograms in the 85-kilogram category.