Iran’s Sohrab Moradi wins gold medal at IWF World Championships

December 4, 2017

Sohrab Moradi of Iran snatched a gold medal at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center early Monday.

Moradi, who won gold in Rio last year, broke two world records in winning the 94 kilogram class, to take an easy win over Lithuania’s Aurimas Didzbalis by 29 kilograms.

Iran’s Ayoob Mousavi was in third place, three kilograms behind the Lithuanian.

The 29-year-old Moradi jumped from 220kg to 233kg on his fifth lift to break the clean and jerk world record of 232kg set in 2000 by Poland’s Szymon Kolecki, and better by four kilograms his own world record for the total, which he improved to 417kg.

”I wanted to surprise everybody and I did,” Moradi told Reuters. ”I am proud to make every Iranian across the world very happy.”