Behdad Salimi wins Iran's 16th gold medal at Asiad

August 27, 2018

TEHRAN – Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi claimed a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games on Monday.

Salimi hoisted the 208kg in the snatch and completed a clean and jerk of 253kg.

The 2012 Olympic champion won the gold medal with a total of 461kg in the men’s 105kg.

The silver medal went to his compatriot Saeid Alihosseini with 456kg (208kg in snatch and 248kg in clean and jerk).

Uzbekistan’s Rustam Djangabaev snatched the bronze medal with a total of 455kg.

Iran had previously won 15 gold medals in the Games.

Freestyle wrestlers Hassan Yazdani (86kg), Alireza Karimi (97kg) and Parviz Hadi (125kg) had also snatched three gold medals.

Greco-Roman wrestlers Mohammadali Geraei and Hossein Nouri won two gold medals in the 77kg and 87kg.

Taekwondo practitioner Saeid Rajabi also claimed a gold medal in the 80kg.

Mirhashem Hosseini also won a gold medal in the 63kg.

Erfan Ahangarian bagged a gold medal in wushu after defeating Wang Xuetao from China 2-1 in the final match of the Men's Sanda -60kg.

Another wushu practitioner Mohsen Mohammadseifi claimed his third successive gold medal in the Asian Games after beating his Chinese rival Shi Zhanwei 2-0.

Climber Reza Alipour also gained Iran’s third gold medal on Day 5.

Women’s and men’s kabaddi teams won two gold medals in the Games.

Weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the men's 94kg class.

Karate practitioner Sajad Ganjzadeh and Bahman Asgari claimed two gold medals in the men's +84kg and -75kg respectively.

The 18th Asian Games stage 465 events out of 40 sports, among which 330 events from 32 sports will feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Games, attracting more than 10,000 athletes, will run through Sept. 2.

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

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