Nov 18, 2011

Heaviest weight lifted by a Muslim

Iranian weightlifting champion Behdad Salimi has set a new world record in the superheavyweight category of the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships in France.
The 22-year-old world athlete proved himself a modern-day Hercules after he elevated 214 kilograms in the snatch section on Sunday, Mehr News Agency reported.
He eclipsed the previous record set by Iranian icon Hossein Rezazadeh, who had snatched 213 kilograms in 2003.
Salimi, the World Weightlifting Championship and Asian Games gold medalist, was successful on his first attempt at 201 kilograms, and then lifted 209 kilograms for the second. He managed to elevate 214 kilograms overhead in his third attempt.
The Iranian weightlifting champion lifted 250 kilograms in the clean and jerk.
Salimi collected two gold medals and was crowned as undisputed weightlifting champion of the event after he elevated a total of 464 kilograms overhead.

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