8/25/2018 3:33:50 PM

Iran's Moradi breaks weightlifting's oldest world record


Jakarta, Indonesia: Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting's longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men's 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday.

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, who was suspended for two years in 2013 for testing positive for banned painkiller methadone, but returned to win Olympic gold in Rio, now has a complete set of 94kg world records that will remain on the books forever.

After the Asian Games all the sport's weight classes will change ahead of the Olympic qualifying cycle beginning at November's World Championships.

Moradi already owned the marks for the clean and jerk (233kg) and total weight (417kg) in the men's light heavyweight division which he set at the World Championships in Anaheim last year.

"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," added the man who has always claimed he is 100 percent clean and has said it was a complete mystery how the methadone got into his sample.

He will now step up to the new 96kg class. "My next goal is the World Championships (in November) and after that to put on a good show at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."

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