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Asian Games: Iran’s ‘Iron Man’ breaks world’s oldest weightlifting record in Indonesia to conquer last remaining mark

The world record had stood since 1999 but was broken by Sohrab Moradi, who snatched gold in Indonesia

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 3:17pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 4:02pm

Iran’s Sohrab Moradi broke the world record in the 94-kilogram class of weightlifting at the Asian Games on Saturday to make it a clean sweep of all the records.

The near-20 year record, set by Greece’s Akakios Kakiasvilis at the 1999 world championships, fell when 29-year-old Moradi lifted 189kg on his way to a new Asian Games record total of 410kg, which comfortably earned him the gold medal.

He adds the snatch record to his other world leading marks of 233kg in clean and jerk and his 417kg total weight record.

Time had been running out for the “Iron Man” to sweep the records with proposed changes to weight classifications set to be implemented before the next Olympics qualifying cycle, which starts after the Indonesia Games are concluded.

Moradi failed in his first attempt at the world mark, but successfully conquered the 189kg snatch in his next attempt.

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The reigning Olympic champion served a two-year doping ban in 2013 after testing positive for banned painkiller methadone, but returned to dominate the sport following his suspension.

“I really wanted to break the world record as it was the only one I didn’t have and this was my last chance,” Moradi said.

“I feel very happy to know that my name will always remain on all the 94kg world records.”

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