0227 GMT November 27, 2021
Iranian weightlifter Yekta Jamali dedicated her historic triumph at the IWF Junior World Championships to “all girls of my homeland.”
Jamali’s three bronze medals in the women’s 87kg category in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, marked first-ever international medals of the sport for Iranian women, varzesh3.com reported.
“I just can’t express how thrilled I am,” Jamali, 16, said after her historic campaign, adding, “Everyone [in the Iranian camp] tried to boost my spirit before the contest, so I wasn’t really worried about the event and was fully focused on winning a medal. Thank God I won three.”
Jamali lifted 93kg in the snatch event and then overcame the 116kg weight in the clean & jerk competition as a total of 208kg saw the Iranian finish behind the host’s gold medalist Tursunoy Jabborova and American Avery Owens in all three categories.
“I started weightlifting only three years ago and this was a first international event for me. I have a big goal of winning an Olympic medal and I’ll put in all my efforts to achieve that,” a jubilant Jamali added.