Aug 17, 2016

Iranian Kurdistan: Kurdish Weightlifter Wins Gold Medal in Rio Olympics

Photo Courtesy of: Javid Nikpour 2016 @Wikimedia

Iranian Kurdish weightlifter Kianoush Rostami outmuscled his rivals and won the gold medal in the men’s 85kg category. Rostami not only won the first gold medal for Iran in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, but also broke the record he had set earlier this year and, with a total lift of 396 kg, set two new world records in his weight class.


Below is an article published by Rudaw: 

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 favourites 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."