Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:17AM
This picture shows members of the Iranian weightlifting team at the 2017 IWF Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
This picture shows members of the Iranian weightlifting team at the 2017 IWF Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Junior Iranian weightlifters have demonstrated awe-inspiring displays of might at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Youth World Championships in Thailand, and ranked second in the event.

Iran landed in the second position of the chart, having collected one gold, one silver and two bronze medals plus 437 points at the end of the week-long contests at Indoor Stadium Huamark in the Thai capital city of Bangkok.

The Iranian weightlifters stood behind their Chinese counterparts with 542 points. The Kazakhs secured the third place, having racked up 402 points.

On Monday, Mohammad Roshani lifted 156 kilograms to strike the silver medal in the snatch event of the over 94-kilogram class.

Kanstantsin Kurouski from Belarus snatched the snatch gold with 165 kilograms; and Russian athlete Dmitrii Gogichaev raised 155 kilograms overhead to pocket the silver.

Iran’s Mohammad Shahabandaz raised 205 kilograms in the clean and jerk contests, and dominated the podium. Gogichaev hoisted 197 kilograms and claimed the second spot, while Kurouski took away the bronze with a lift of 195 kilograms.

Kurouski edged Gogichaev to bag the gold medal with an aggregate of 360 kilograms. The Russian weightlifter’s overall register hit 352b kilograms and finished in the second place, while Roshani got the aggregate bronze medal with 347 kilograms.

The 2017 IWF Youth World Championships started in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 3 and continued through April 10.

A total of 248 weightlifters from 52 countries participated in the competitions.