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|Muslim is "world's strongest man" at the Olympics|
|09/27/00 at 11:24:29|
|Sydney, Sept 27, IRNA -- The Bulgarian head coach of the national|
Iranian weightlifting team Georgy Ivanov said at the end of the
Tuesday Olympic competitions that the two gold medals Iranian
champions bagged in Sydney belong to all Iranians.
Speaking to the IRNA correspondent who covers events in Sydney,
Ivanov said in broken Persian that the pre-Olympic order and
discipline in the weightlifting camps in Tehran and other cities
Ivanov who joined the Iranian Weightlifting Federation five
years ago appreciated indefatigable efforts of the Iranian
weightlifters during the said period, adding: "I very much love them
like my own children and I've been used to them."
Hussein Rezazadeh, dubbed as "the world's strongest man" set a
new world record in the over 105 kg by lifting a combined total
of 472.5 kg on Tuesday. (ININ Note: His big lift in the clean and jerk
was 260kg or 573 lbs. The western media reported he asked Allah for help
each just before he attempted each lift)
Rezazadeh's superheavyweight gold brought to and end Russia's
44-year-old domination of this category.
Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) Hojatoleslam
Mehdi Karroubi in a fax addressed to the Iranian weightlifters, a
copy of which was made available to IRNA, congratulated them on the
He said in his message of congratulations that "hero Iranian
youth" scored another honorable achievement for the Islamic Republic
of Iran in an international sport event.
Another Iranian weightlifter, Hussein Tavakoli of 105 kg
category, won the gold medal of the competitions on Monday.
The two gold medals promoted Iran to the 25th place in the list of
the medal winners of the Sydney Olympics by Tuesday.
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