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2023-August-4  17:53

Iranian Weightlifters Win Asian Junior Championships

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's national junior weightlifting team gained 741 points at the 2023 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in India, winning the top rank of the prestigious continental sports event.

Iran stood first with a total of twenty-three (nine gold, a dozen silver, and two bronze) medals. Uzbekistan finished runner-up with 732 points and the host nation took third place, having racked up 672 points.

Iranian weightlifter Taha Nemati Moghaddam made a clean sweep of all the available gold medals in the over 102-kilogram weight category at Gautam Buddha University in the Indian capital city of New Delhi on Thursday.

Nemati won the gold medal in the snatch by lifting 166 kilograms, and his compatriot Hamidreza Mohammaditanha raised 158 kilograms overhead to pocket the silver. Ali Mohammad, a representative from Syria, got the bronze medal, having lifted up 143 kilograms.

Nemati raised 200 kilograms in the clean and jerk contests and claimed the podium. Mohammaditanha hoisted 192 kilograms and took the second spot, while Chinese Taipei’s Wang Yu-Cheng took away the bronze with a lift of 171 kilograms.

Nemati edged his compatriot to receive the gold medal with an aggregate of 366 kilograms. Mohammaditanha’s overall register marked 350 kilograms and finished in second place, while Wang Yu-Cheng secured the aggregate bronze medal with 313 kilograms.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi in a message congratulated the championship of Iran’s national junior weightlifting team in the tournament.

“The promising championship of our country's national junior weightlifting team in the Asian competitions in India once again demonstrated the merit of the Islamic country's weightlifters, who have won many honors in world events, and became a source of pride for all compatriots,” President Raeisi wrote in his message late on Thursday.

He said that the recent successive brilliance in sports fields, which is the result of persistent efforts of Iranian teenagers and youths, is a testimony to their talent and capabilities in building a more glorious future.

While congratulating the Iranian people on the recent victory, Raeisi appreciated the efforts of all the athletes, coaches and staff of the team. 

He also hoped for the continued success of Iranian teenagers in other fields and arenas.

The 2023 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships kicked off in New Delhi, India, on July 28 and will conclude on August 5.