Thursday , 21 September 2023

Rio 2016 Olympics: Behdad Salimi breaks world record in weightlifting but wins no medal

PayvandNews – Iran’s Behdad Salimi broke the world record in the snatch weightlifting of the Men’s over 105-kilogram class at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, but he was later disqualified in the clean and jerk stage following a controversial decision by the jury.

Behdad Salimi
Behdad lifted 216 kilograms in snatch to best Georgia’s Lasha Talakhadze, who had just set a new world record, in Rio de Janeiro’s Riocentro – Pavilion 2 on Tuesday but he was not ranked in the final standings as the jury did not accept any of his attempts in the clean and jerk.

During the clean and jerk stage, the Iranian champion lifted 245 kilograms but received two red lights from the judges, a contentious move severely protested by the Iranian coaching team. For his second attempt, he once again lifted 245 kilograms and despite getting three white lights from the judges, the jury committee did not accept the result. And in his third attempt he failed to lift the barbell.

Talakhadze won the event’s gold with a total of 473 kilograms with Armenia’s Gor Minasyan and Georgia’s Irakli Turmanidze standing in the second and third spots, respectively.

On Tuesday, Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi won gold in the 94-kilogram category after lifting a total of 403 kilograms, and on Friday, Kianoush Rostami won Iran’s first gold after lifting a total of 396 kilograms in the 85-kilogram category.

Iranian coach accuses weightlifting officials of conspiracy
Source: Tehran Times

Rio de Janeiro – Iranian weightlifting coach Sajjad Anoushiravani says that judges’ decision was unfair after they ruled that Behdad Salimi failed to register a total in the clean and jerk in the men’s +105kg class at Olympics.

Salimi set a new world record of 216kg in the snatch to lead Georgian lifter Lasha Talakhadze by 1kg going into the clean and jerk.

Judges ruled that the 26-year-old super heavyweight’s first jerk was a no lift. The jury then dramatically over-ruled the judges’ decision that his second lift had been legitimate.

Salimi thought he had successfully raised 245kg above his head but the panel of referees on the jury ruled that his left arm had not been straight, AFP wrote.

“There’s a conspiracy. Our enemies were on the jury,” an irate Iranian coach Sajjad Anoushiravani told reporters, appearing to be referring to a judge from Iraq.

“It’s obvious they took the medal from Salimi. The jury was selected for this to happen.

“He is a gold medallist from London. He broke the world record here. They may as well throw the whole thing in the trash,” said Anoushiravani.