Moradi takes gold at West Asian Weightlifting C’ships

TEHRAN, Feb. 29 (MNA) – 2016 Olympics champion Sohrab Moradi won the gold medal of men’s 96kg in the West Asian Championships to get officially back on track after suffering two serious injuries.

Moradi was the only Iranian lifter participating in the event in Dubai, UAE, which is also a qualifying stage for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

He conquered the 157kg in his first move of snatch to secure the gold medal. The 2018 world champion then lifted 163kg before failing in his third attempt at 166kg.

In the clean and jerk, Moradi made 190kg, 200kg, and 207kg respectively to show relative readiness. He gained the overall gold with 370kg while a weightlifter from Saudi Arabia won the silver medal with 302kg and Uzbekistan’s weightlifter claimed the bronze with 290kg.

Moradi badly injured his spine a year ago then dislocated a shoulder last July. He is trying to increase his world ranking to book a place in the 2020 Olympics.

He is still the world record holder of snatch (186kg) and total (216kg) both made at the 2018 World Championships in Turkmenistan.  

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