Weightlifting: World record and gold for Iran's Rostami

Weightlifting: World record and gold for Iran's Rostami ...
reuters.com 13/08/2016 Sports

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By Brian Oliver | RIO DE JANEIRO
Kianoush Rostami broke his own world record to win gold in the men's 85kg weightlifting at the Rio Olympics on Friday and clinch Iran's first medal of the Games, before promising it would not be the last.
Rostami, 25, a bronze medalist in the same category in London four years ago, made 217kg with his final clean and jerk for a total of 396kg, beating his world record by one kilogram.
Tian Tao of China took silver with 395kgs despite making only two of his six lifts, while Romania's Gabriel Sincraian, who lifted a total of 390kg, secured bronze after edging out Kazakhstan's Denis Ulanov.
Rostami looked supremely confident throughout, though he said he was not as sure as he looked when he went for the winning lift.
"I have lifted 225 in training, but that 217 was a challenge," the Iranian told reporters. "Anything can happen."
When he made his first two snatches with apparent ease, Rostami bowed and gestured to the crowd. However, he missed his third attempt and finished the snatch only 1kg ahead of his main rival, Tian.
Earlier, the 22-year-old Tian came desperately close to being eliminated. While Rostami cruised through his first two lifts, Tian failed at 173kg, went up by 5kg for his next attempt and missed that too.
On his third snatch, also at 178kg, he looked beaten, wobbling on his right knee and then on his left before he finally found the strength to make the lift.
Tian missed his first two clean and jerks too, evoking memories of the IWF world championships in Houston, Texas last November when he missed all three attempts, having led after the snatch.
"I was too confident and didn't keep calm in the world championships," Tian said. "Tonight I always thought I would make the third one.
"I offer my congratulations to the winner and hope we have many more chances to compete against each other. I am confident I can beat him."
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