Weightlifting: Moradi secures golden double for Iran

Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:13pm EDT
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13 (Reuters) - Iran won their second gold medal in two days on Sunday when Sohrab Moradi finished well clear of his rivals in the men's 94kg weightlifting.

They could achieve a record-breaking three weightlifting golds at a single Games if favorite Behdad Salimikordasiabi retains his super-heavyweight title on Tuesday.

When Kianoush Rostami broke a world record in winning the 85kg on Friday he predicted more glory to come for Iran.

It arrived in the next event when Moradi won by 8kg, and with two lifts to spare, from Vladzim Sraltsou of Belarus and Aurimas Didzbalis of Lithuania.

"Now my wish is that Behdad wins his second gold medal, and makes it three for Iran," he said.

Moradi's total of 403kg was 15kg more than his best before a two-year doping ban in 2013.

"During those two years I was on my own at home training very, very hard," he said.

"People laughed at me, they said you're retired, you're banned but I had a goal and I worked hard for it."

Moradi said he did not understand why he was banned and denied having taken any banned substances. He tested positive for methadone and said it must have been administered to him as a painkiller without his knowledge.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Weightlifting - Final - Men's 94kg - Riocentro - Pavilion 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Sourab Moradi (IRI) of Iran holds aloft the Iranian flag. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov