Iranian Weightlifter wins Gold; Breaks World Record
Kianoush Rostami broke his own world record to win the men’s 85kg weightlifting at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Friday and clinch his country’s first medal of the Games.
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. Rostami had set the previous record of 395kg himself in May in Iran.
Tian Tao of China took silver with 395kgs despite making only two of his six lifts, and Romania’s Gabriel Sincraian, who lifted a total of 390kg, took bronze.
Rostami fell in prayer after surpassing Tian into first place with the last lift of the competition.
Rostami later jumped onto the podium to receive his gold medal as a boisterous band of supporters, who had cheered him on all night, chanted and waved Iranian flags.
This world-record performance is reminiscent of the former Iranian weightlifting legend Hossein Reza-Zadeh who continuously set world records donning his “Ya Abal-Fadl” uniform during his illustrious career: