Rostami wins Iran’s 1st Rio medal with weightlifting gold
Iran's gold medallist Kianoush Rostami poses on the podium after the men's weightlifting 85kg event during the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. GOH Chai Hin / AFP
Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami wins the gold medal in the men’s 85-kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games on August 12, 2016.
Iran win their first medal of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games as weightlifter Kianoush Rostami grabs gold in the men's 85-kilogram category with a world record after lifting a total of 396 kilograms.
Rostami eclipsed his own world mark set in May by one kilogram, and beat Tian Tao of China, who snatched the silver medal with a total lift of 395 kilograms.
The 25-year-old Iranian athlete lifted 179 and 217 kilograms in snatch and in clean and jerk respectively.
Romanian Gabriel Sincraian grabbed the bronze medal with a lift of 390 kilograms.
Back in February, Rosstami said, “It’s nearly a month that I have been training intensely for Olympic Games. I know my body much better than anyone else, and have been training both personally and as a member of Iran’s national team for years… I have gained a lot of experience over the past years.”
Rostami finished second in the 85-kilogram >
Rostami’s medal is Iran’s sixth weightlifting gold in Olympics.