Iran’s Rostami nominee for ‘Lifter of the Year’ Award

January 14, 2017

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has been nominated for "Jenő Boskovics Lifter of the Year Trophies for 2016”.

Rostami won the Men’s 85kg weightlifting at Rio 2016 and clinched Iran’s first medal of the games.

The 25-year-oldlifter, who finished with a silver in the same weight category in London four years ago, lifted 217kg with his final clean and jerk for a total of 396kg, beating his world record by one kilogramme.

Six male and six female weightlifters have been nominated by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for the award.

January 31st is the last day to apply for voter registration.

Kianoush Rostami (Iran), Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia), Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera (Colombia), Long Qingquan (China), Ruslan Nurdinov (Uzbekistan) and Nijat Rahimov (Kazakhstan) are the male lifters nominated for the award.

Women weightlifters who are nominated for the award are Wei Deng (China), Shu-Ching Hsu (Taipei), Sim Rim Jong (North Korea), Sukanya Srisurat (Thailand), Sopita Tanasan (Thailand) and Yanmei Xiang (China).

The Lifter of the Year election was initiated by the late Jenő Boskovics (Hungarian), the founding Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. After his death in 2010, World Weightlifting created a Challenge Trophy in Memoriam Jenő Boskovics.

The same Trophy – one for Men, one for Women – has been awarded annually ever since to the Best Male and Best Female Weightlifter of the World. Every year, the new names are engraved on the Trophies.

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