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News number: 9104252633

09:51 | 2012-08-04

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Iranian Weightlifter Snatches Bronze Medal in Olympics

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami snatched the bronze medal in the 85-kg category in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.



Rostami, 21, lifted 171kg in snatch and 209kg in clean and jerk Friday night to bag the first medal for Iran in this year's Olympic Games. He missed his 214kg clean and jerk to win the gold.

Before him, his team-mate Sohrab Moradi, in the same category, attempted three times and failed every time to lift 166kg and was eliminated.

The 2010 world champion Adrian Zielinski from Poland claimed the category's gold with a solid display, lifting a combined weight of 385kg. Although silver medalist Russian Apti Aukhadov lifted the same total, the Pole won because of his lower bodyweight.

Another Iranian weightlifter Saeed Mohammad-Pour, competing in the 94kg category, is scheduled to face his rivals on Saturday night.

Rostami had in 2011 snatched the gold medal in the 85-kg category in Malaysia World Junior Weightlifting Championships.