News ID: 321532
Published: 1153 GMT May 11, 2022

Iran’s lifter Yousefi bags three world junior golds, shatters records

Iran’s lifter Yousefi bags three world junior golds, shatters records

Iran’s Alireza Yousefi (C) poses for a photo with his three +109 gold medals on the podium at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Heraklion, Greece, on May 10, 2022.

Sports Desk

The final day of the Junior World Weightlifting Championships was all Irans Alireza Yousefi dominating the mens super-heavyweight contests.

En route to a clean sweep of the +109kg golds in Heraklion, Greece, the 18-year-old prodigy bettered the world junior clean & jerk record, established by himself in last Decembers IWF World Championships, by one kilogram.

Yousefi began his campaign with a 166kg snatch lift before overcoming 177kg in his third attempt to clinch his first gold.

Uzbekistans Mirkhosil Mirzabaev took the silver – one kilogram short of the Iranian – with Bohdan Taranenko of Ukraine taking the bronze – a similar top three in the total standing.

A first lift of 215kg was enough for Yousefi to secure the clean & jerk gold but it was not the end of the campaign for the Iranian, who raised the 239kg above his head in the third attempt for a new world record.

Atajan Dayiyev of Turkmenistan took the C&J bronze.

An overall tally of 416kg sealed the total gold for the Iranian – 28kg more than silver winner Mirzabaev.

Yousefis triumph came after his compatriot Yekta Jamali had won a snatch gold with a best lift of 100kg in the womens 87kg contests.

A low-key participation by Iran, which included only two weightlifters, saw the country settle for an 11th-spot finish in the medal table, while Turkey was crowned the champion, followed by Indonesia and Uzbekistan.


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