This Iranian Weightlifter Did What No One Expected – Winning Gold in Rio

Kianoush Rostami is a seasoned 25 year old weightlifter from Iran who has been winning medals since 2011. Rostami has participated in world championships, Asian games, and Asian championships. A consistent athlete because of his normal average, on August 12th, 2016 Rostami won gold in his category at the third attempt. His known medals include one bronze, four silver, and now three gold.

His first attempt at lifting 215 kg was not successful. The second attempt was also 215 kg and then he was successful. To set himself apart from his competitors, he went for 217 kg in one lifting attempt. And he did it with the clean and jerk, bringing his total to 396 kg. 1 kg higher than his previous world record of 395 kg.

By lifting 396 kg, Kianoush Rostami sat a new world record that he had been practicing on all along. At the Fajr Cup of Tehran, he had also lifted more than 217 kg in one attempt; 220 kg actually.

Upon winning and yelling out of happiness. Rostami  was full of gratitude to the audience and he saluted them before leaving the stage. The Iranian fans in the crowd and his delegation cheered and congratulated him.

Tian Tao from China silver with 395 kg. Romania  and Kazakstan tied third place at 390 kg but the bronze medal went to Gabriel Sincraian from Romania in Men’s 85 kg.

In four years, Kianoush Rostami has made an impressive come-back. In fact, he won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics for the same category. Go big or go home indeed!

Congratulations to Kianoush Rostami for being perseverant and to Iran for becoming the first Muslim country to win gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Written by Papatia Feauxzar

Avatar photo

Papatia Feauxzar is an accountant, an avid reader and writer living in Dallas, Texas with her nuclear family. She blogs at Papatia feels blessed by the Almighty to be able to work in accounting from home while she raises her young son, pens and reads him stories.