Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting’s longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men’s 94kg bodyweight category at the Asian Games on Saturday (Aug 25).
Moradi hoisted 189kg in the competition’s opening discipline to better the Snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece’s Akakios Kakiasvilis.
Moradi now has a complete set of world records. He already owned the marks for the Clean and Jerk (233kg) and total weight (417kg) for the same bodyweight category.
He went on to lift a new Asian Games record total of 410kg after a Clean and Jerk of 221kg.
He just failed with an attempt at 234kg which would have bettered his own World Records for the Clean and Jerk and Total lifts.
“I really wanted to break the world record as it was the only one I didn’t have, and this was my last chance,” Moradi told AFP.
“I feel very happy to know that my name will always remain on all the 94kg world records,” as the new bodyweight categories will come in force in November.
The Iranian said he would now step up to the new 96kg bodyweight category.
“My next goal is the World Championships (in November) and after that to put on a good show at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”