Iran’s men’s team was crowned champion at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, the US, for the very first time after collecting a total of 509 points at the end of the competition.
Iranian weightlifters grabbed 14 prestigious medals including six golds.
On Tuesday, Saied Alihosseini and Behdad Salimi put a fitting end to Iran’s campaign by winning five medals between them in the men’s +105kg contests.
Salimi took the snatch silver after he lifted 211kg above his head and Alihosseini finished third by overcoming the 203kg weight on his third attempt.
Alihosseini went on to claim the clean and jerk bronze with the best lift of 251kg later on the night while a total of 454kg-lift gave him a silver medal at the overall standings of the weight division.
Meanwhile, some controversial refereeing decisions, as in 2016 Rio Olympics, saw Salimi stripped of a medal in the clean and jerk contests.
London Olympics gold medalist overcame the 252kg weight on his third attempt but the jury ruled out his lift as his best tally of 242kg, having come in his second attempt, saw the Iranian finish fifth in the clean and jerk.
A total tally of 453kg saw the two-time world champion grab the total bronze.
The Rio Olympics champion Lasha Talakhadze claimed all three golds of the division. The Georgian also set two new world records for the Men’s +105kg snatch (220kg) and total (477kg) lifts.
On Monday, Ali Hashemi stole the show at Anaheim Convention Center as the 26-year-old Iranian bagged two gold medals and a bronze at the men’s 105kg contests.
Hashemi won the snatch gold after his second-attempt lift of 183kg gave him a first-spot finish at the contest.
Hashemi then raised the 221kg weight above his head in his third clean and jerk attempt to clinch the bronze and also collect the total gold with an overall 404kg tally.
The 2017 World Weightlifting Championships took place from November 28 to December 5.
In the men’s competitions, South Korea (454 pts) and Uzbekistan (354 pts) took the second and third places next to champion Iran, respectively.
In the men’s medals table, Iran also finished first with five golds, three silvers and six bronzes while Vietnam and South Korea took the following spots with seven and five medals, respectively.
Nine countries (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Turkey, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan) were banned from competing at the World Championships due to their history of doping at previous Olympic Games.
International Weightlifting Federation ruled state that any country that had three positive tests uncovered by the International Olympic Committee during retesting of stored urine samples for banned substances from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics would be banned.