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Iranian weightlifter sets world record
Fri, 04 Mar 2011 23:16:00 GMT
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Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimi
Iranian weightlifter Behdad Salimi has set a new world record in the superheavyweight category with a lift of 214 kilograms in the snatch during a national championship competition.

The 21-year-old Salimi finished in first place in the +105kg category of the Mahmoud Namjoo Weightlifting Championship, which ended on Friday in the northern Iranian city of Rasht.

Salimi, the World Weightlifting Championships and Asian Games gold medalist, proved himself a modern-day Hercules with his sensational lift of 214 kilograms, eclipsing the previous record set by Iranian icon Hossein Rezazadeh, who had snatched 213 kilograms in 2003, IRNA reported on Friday.

He was successful on his first attempt at 208 kg, and then lifted 214 kg for the second but decided not to make a third attempt.

Rezazadeh, who was named the world's top weightlifter in 2000, 2002, and 2004, currently holds the world records in weightlifting's super heavyweight class in the clean and jerk category and total weight lifted.

World Weightlifting magazine recently named Salimi the Best Male Lifter of 2010, based on a poll of fans.

It was the fourth time an Iranian has been named the world's top weightlifter.

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