Iran’s weightlifter Alihosseini wins silver after eight-year doping ban

December 6, 2017

Saeid Alihosseini from Iran claimed a silver medal at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center early Wednesday.

Georgian Lasha Talakhadze won the men’s super-heavyweights with a total of 477kg, improving his own world record by 4kg. He also broke his own snatch world record by 3kg when he lifted 220kg.

Iranians Saeid Alihosseini and Behdad Salimi were second and third with totals of 454kg and 453kg respectively.

Salimi had two lifts overruled by the jury for press-outs – not having his arm locked straight – much to the annoyance of a large contingent of Iranians in the crowd, who roared their disapproval even while others were competing.

Salimi had failed to register a total in the Rio Olympic Games in similar circumstances.

Alihosseini, 29, who still holds the junior world records he set in 2008, was originally banned for life but successfully appealed and has trained at his father’s gym since 2011 when CAS reduced the suspension to eight years. He intends to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Iran finished joint equal top of the medals table with Thailand despite having a men-only team.

Ali Moradi, president of the Iranian Weightlifting Federation, said his nation expected to have females competing for the first time at next year’s World Championships in Turkmenistan.