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Iran's Rostami snatches world weightlifting gold

Iran's Rostami snatches world weightlifting gold

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami snatched the gold in the 85kg category of the world meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Thursday.

In the clean and jerk category, he managed to lift 213kg weight to steal the show. In the snatch he lifted the 178kg to claim the bronze and with the total of 391kg he won the world medal.

In his first two attempts in the clean and jerk, he couldn't put up a good performance.

As the clock ticked down below 10 seconds he was still tightening his belt, and when he got the bar above his head he could not control it.

Rostami ended up with his back to the judges and still got the verdict from one of them but two red lights signified a no-lift.

He looked as if he had lost control of the 213kg above his head again, but steadied and cheekily asked the judges if it was a good lift before dropping the bar.

Bulgaria's Ivan Markov with the total of 390 finished runner-up while the 20-year-old Russian Artem Okulov stood third with 385kg in total.

The world meet, which ends on November 16, serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Summer Olympics.