Sat Jun 24, 2017 07:50AM
The Iranian men's junior weightlifting team
The Iranian men's junior weightlifting team

The Iranian men's junior weightlifting team has won the trophy at the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championships in Japan, having won six medals at the prestigious international tournament.

The Iranian squad stood on top of the podium with 423 points followed by the Japanese outfit, which accumulated 394 points to be named the vice champion. China garnered 391 points and ranked third.

Iranian representatives Reza Biralvand, Ali Davoudi and Rahman Ourameh featured great performances at the IWF Junior World Championships, and collected six medals, including two precious gold ones and two silvers.

President Hassan Rouhani later extended his congratulations on the Iranian weightlifters’ outstanding achievement at the world championships.

Rouhani, in a message released on Friday, felicitated the Iranian nation on the triumph, and praised the efforts made by the young Iranian weightlifters and their coaches to win the championship.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

The Iranian president also wished for further success of the country’s valiant athletes, hoping that Iran’s talented young people will achieve more remarkable attainments at various international sports events in the future.

Separately, Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani congratulated the Iranian weightlifting team on finishing first at the 2017 IWF Junior World Championships.

“The Iranian weightlifting team’s championship for the second consecutive year filled our hearts with joy,” he wrote in his message.

Congratulating the Iranian youth, medalists, coaches, sports officials and the Iranian nation, Larijnai hoped for the success of Iranian juniors in all sports fields.

The 2017 IWF Junior World Championships began in Tokyo, Japan, on June 15 and finished on June 23.

The tournament brought together a total of 265 male and female athletes from 50 countries.