Iranian weightlifter Soltani wins 3 medals at IWF Junior World Championships

حسین سلطانی

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian weightlifter Hossein Soltani won two silver and one bronze medal in the Men’s 77kg category of the 2018 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in Uzbekistan.

Soltani, the only representative of Iran in this category, claimed the snatch silver medal with 149 kilogram. His Latvian opponent Ritvars Suharevs raised 156 kilograms overhead to win the gold medal. Third place was awarded to Uzbek Gayrat Artmuyatov followed closely by Rafik Harutyunyan from Armenia ending 4th.

In the clean and jerk contests, Soltani raised 177 kilograms and took away the bronze.

His Armenian rival Rafik Harutyunyan hoisted 179 kilograms and claimed the second spot, while Suharevs dominated the podium with a lift of 180 kilograms.

The Iranian contestant bagged the silver medal with an aggregate of 326 kilograms. The Latvian weightlifter’s overall register hit 336 kilograms and finished in the first place, while the Armenian competitor secured the aggregate bronze medal with 324 kilograms.

The competitions kicked off on July 6 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and will end on July 14.

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