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Surprise win for Chilean, world records for Iran’s Moradi

 | December 4, 2017

Arley Méndez claimed an upset victory over Kianoush Rostami, while Sohrab Moradi claimed the world records in the clean and jerk and overall total in the 94-kilogram class.

Arley-MéndezANAHEIM: Chile’s Arley Méndez returned from more than four years of international competitive exile to defeat Iran’s Olympic champion Kianoush Rostami in the men’s 85-kilogram class at weightlifting’s World Championships on Sunday, while Sohrab Moradi broke two world records in the 94kg class.

Méndez, who never returned home after competing for his native Cuba in the Pan American Junior Championships in Santiago in 2013, posted a total of 378kg to win gold ahead of Poland’s Krzysztof Zwarycz (359kg). Italy’s Antonino Pizzolato lifted 358kg to clinch third.

Méndez was only granted Chilean citizenship this year.

He could have also taken Rostami’s clean and jerk world record had he not failed during his final attempt of 221kg.

“My finger got stuck on the bar, a technical problem,” said Méndez. “Next year the records will come. I prepared well and I knew I would win here.”

Rostami, who injured his left knee last week, missed all three clean and jerk attempts and failed to register a total.

Moradi, who won gold in Rio last year, broke two world records in winning the 94-kilogram class, to take an easy win over Lithuania’s Aurimas Didžbalis by 29 kilograms.

Iran’s Seyedayoob Mousavijahari was in third place, three kilograms behind the Lithuanian.

The 29-year-old Moradi jumped from 220kg to 233kg on his fifth lift to break the clean and jerk world record of 232kg set in 2000 by Poland’s Szymon Kołecki, and better by four kilograms his own world record for the total, which he improved to 417kg.

“I wanted to surprise everybody and I did,” said Moradi. “I am proud to make every Iranian across the world very happy.”

In the women’s 75-kilogram class, Spain’s Lidia Valentín, a medallist at the past three Olympic Games, was the clear winner on 258kg from Ecuador’s Neisi Dajomes on 240kg with France’s Gaëlle Nayo-Ketchanke a further three kilograms behind.


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