August 14th, 2016

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Second Weightlifting Gold Medal For Iran


At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Team Iran won the second gold medal in weightlifting last night.

Sohrab Moradi, 27, took the first place in the 94KG class competition with 403KG (182+221) total. His lead poundage was 8KG over Vadim Streltsov of Belarus who took the silver medal last night. Lithuanian Aurimas Didzbalis won the bronze silverware in the class.

The gold medal in Rio is a comeback for Moradi after a 2-year suspension for doping violation in 2013. He improved his total by 15KG. Last night , after he secured the gold, Moradi had two unsuccessful attempts to set a new clean-and-jerk world record at 234KG.

Three athletes were disqualified from competing in Rio prior to the beginning of the tournament for doping violations. Brothers Adrian and Tomasz Zielinski were tested positive right before Rio and were sent home. Rauli Tsirekidze of Georgia removed from starting competition after post results of doping control from the last two Olympics.

Sarat Sumpradit had an outstanding 6-out-of-6 lifting in Rio and took the 4th place. He was 2kG short in total to win the bronze in the class.

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2016 Summer Olympics
Location: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [94 kg]</p>

More Info On 2016 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Sohrab MORADI, Iran 182+ 221 = 403
2 Vadim STRELTSOV, Belarus 175+ 220 = 395
3 Aurimas DIDZBALIS, Lithuania 177+ 215 = 392
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Weightlifting Hipster Style


Sonny Webster of Great Britain wore a baseball hat while lifting in the 94KG class in Rio.

I didn’t know that athletes are allowed to wear hats in modern Olympic weightlifting.

Sonny said that he had to wear the hat backwards. Otherwise, if the bar had touched the peak, it

would have been called a no-lift. It is called a snapback style.

Sonny is 22 and he took the 14th place last night in Rio.

Who knows – maybe, he setup a new hipster style of weightlifting wear.