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Kurdish weightlifter wins Iran its first gold medal in Rio

By Rudaw 13/8/2016
Kianoush Rostami, a Kurdish weightlifter from Iran. Photo: Official website of Rio Olympic Games
Kianoush Rostami, a Kurdish weightlifter from Iran. Photo: Official website of Rio Olympic Games
 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kianoush Rostami, a Kurdish weightlifter from Iran, has won his country’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games by beating his own previous record by one kilogram.
 
The 85kg weightlifter made 217kg with his final clean and jerk for a total of 396kg, beating his world record by one kilogram.

Rostami also holds the gold medal from the men’s 85kg weight class at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championship and a bronze from the 2012 Olympic games.
 
Rostami, who was born in the Iranian Kurdish city of Kermanshah, took the controversial step of arriving at the Rio games without a coach.
 
“All the time I train alone, just me in a training camp. Nobody sees me,” he was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim news agency. It can make your mind go a bit crazy, but I will be here again the next time (at the 2020 Games in Tokyo) for sure."

Rostami predicted more weightlifting gold for Iran in Rio as the country has favorites in two of the remaining three men's medal events: Sohrab Moradi in the 94kg and Behdad Salimikordabiasi in the super-heavyweights.

"We will see more gold medals, and more world records for Iran," said Rostami. "Now that I have won, I'm sure others will win too."

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Iranian nationalist | 13/8/2016
World record. Brave like the hero Rostam from shahnameh.
Reber | 13/8/2016
He shouldn't return to Iran, the Iranian regime will not tolerate a successful Kurd in any feild! They hanged 20 Kurds last week! His life is in real danger if he goes back, seek asylum somewhere
Chris Gal | 13/8/2016
I hope South Kurdistan will field a team under the Free state of Kurdistan flag for the Tokyo game in 2020!
yad | 13/8/2016
Congratulation on getting gold medal for Kurdish nation and not for Iran where stronghold for hanging out young Kurdish as we saw them how they were hung out by the most enemies of Sunni in the world. I proud you could win of weightlifter in Olympic Rio. I wish you had risen Kurdistan flag against enemy of Kurdish, I know that you liked it but they would not let to do it, any way I again congratulate you and hoping get the prize in next Olympic with raising our flag and your participating as nominee of Kurdistan
Kamran | 13/8/2016
Congratulations to all !!!! In the moment where Kianush won the olympic gold medal he smiled and cried three times wholeheartedly Iran with the body language of a Jahan Pahlevan. Thank you Kianush for this great and historic moment. Your people loves and admires you. Zende bad world- and olympic champion Kianush Rostami Zende bad the people of Kermanshah Zende bad shirmardan e kord Zende bad Iran

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