0827 GMT March 25, 2019
Iran’s Sohrab Moradi broke the 18-year-standing world record to clinch the gold medal at the weightlifting competitions of the 5th edition of Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
On Saturday, Moradi took part in Group A of the men’s 94kg contests and tallied a total of 413kg to better the Georgian-Greek weightlifter Kakhi Kakhiashvili’s record by one kilogram, having been set at the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships in Piraeus, Greece.
The 29-year-old Iranian lifted 185kg in his third attempt to finish first in the snatch contests, followed by athletes from Uzbekistan and China.
Having failed to raise the 220kg weight in his first effort in the clean & jerk competitions, Moradi then went on to lift 228kg above his head in his last attempt to top the top the rankings.
As well as being a breakthrough moment for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, it was an achievement Moradi had long worked toward.
"This is the result of many years of work and I am very happy and delighted for my efforts," said Moradi, who had celebrated his 29th birthday the previous day.
“One of my goals as an athlete was to win an Olympic championship. This is important. But this one is also important because I really wanted to do it. I am happy to do this," the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist added.
The Uzbek weightlifter Farkhodbek Sobirov claimed the silver with a total of 391kg as Hao Liu from China settled for the bronze with a 387kg-overall-tally.