Taking a look at the workbook and the results obtained by Iranian lifters during different Olympic Games Sydney’s Diaries and history again repeated in Rio de Janeiro

2016.09.20

Analyzing I.R. Iran Weightlifting Federation performance during different Olympic Games shows that Iranian lifters have always been one of the fundaments and pillars of the issue of obtaining medal at this great international competition. Since 1948 that the 14th Olympic Games was held in London , Iranian Weightlifting started to enter this significant sport event and Iranian lifters have succeeded to take 18 medals including 7 gold , 5 silver and 6 bronze medals during the next 13th Olympic Games ( considering 2016 Rio Olympic Games ) . It is to be mentioned that in 1980 & 1984 Iran Sport didn’t have any representative athlete at these two Olympic Games because of boycotting and forbidding them . likewise ,at 1988 in Seoul , 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta no Iranian athlete participated in the mentioned Olympic Games . In fact , the average of the medals obtained by Iranian weightlifters participating in the Olympic Games indicates the figure of 1.4 medal .


Olympic commemorating Sydney Olympic Games
By obtaining 2 gold medal by Kianoush Rostami & Sohrab Moradi in Men’s 85 kg and 94 kg category at Rio Olympic Games , in other words it can be said it reminds Iranians of the 2000 Sydney Olympic games . In Sydney Olympic , Hossein Reza Zadeh & Hossein Tavakoli could take 2 gold medals and Kourosh Bagheri stood on the 4th winning place . In comparison with the budget allocated to Sports Federations , the number of athletes permitted to attend Rio Olympic Games and from the viewpoint of good quality of the medals attained by the athletes , it could be said that weightlifting is taken into consideration as the most successful Iranian sport convoy (federation) at the Rio Olympic Games . In the meantime , the new World & Olympic record in Men’s +105 kg category competition broken by Behdad Salimi , the Iranian Superheavyweight champion .
Nassiriseresht Mohammad , Hossein Reza Zadeh , Kianoush Rostami and Mahmoud Namjou among the most successful lifters
In the light of good quality of the medals obtained by Iranian lifters at different Olympic Games , Mohammad Nassiriseresht is standing on the first place by taking one gold , silver and bronze medal in 1968 Mexico city , 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympic. After him Hossein Reza Zadeh is standing on the 2nd place by obtaining 2 gold medal in 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympic Games . Kianoush Rostami is standing on the 3rd place by capturing one gold and bronze medal (which later was converted into silver medal after his rival Doping Test result proved to be positive) in 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games . The deceased Mahmoud Namjou is the another champion who could attain one silver and bronze medal in 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games . It is worth pointing out that Hossein Tavakoli , Behdad Salimi and Sohrab Moradi has been able to achieve one gold medal in 200 Sydney , 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games . Parviz Jalayer managed to take silver in 1968 Mexico city Olympic and Sajad Anoushiravani and Navab Nasirshelal both succeeded to gain silver medal in 2012 London Olympic Games . Furthermore , Late Jafar Salmasi , Ali Mirzaei and Esmaeil Alamkhah respectively were able to obtain bronze medal in 1948 London , 1952 Helsinki and 1960 Rome Olympic Games .


The best and worst record of attendance
From the viewpoint of Iranian Weightlifting team performance during different Olympic Games , the year 2000 ( Sydney Olympic ) and 2016 ( Rio Olympic Games ) were the best ones in which 2 gold medals obtained by Iranian lifters and the year 2012 ( London Olympic Games ) considered the best one from the viewpoint of the number of medals taken ( 1 gold , 2 silver and 1 bronze ) ; all of these Olympic Games are taken into account as the most successful ones for the Iranian athletes . On the other hand , Iranian lifters failed to achieve any medal in 1964 Tokyo and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games . Up to present time 3 lifters have had the honor of being the ensign ( pioneer) of I.R. Iran sport teams in the history of Olympic Games . Mahmoud Namjou used to be the ensign in 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games ( 2 consecutive times ) , Jafar Salmasi in 1960 Rome and Behdad Salimi in 2012 London Olympic Games . Iranian lifters are considered as the record holder in being Iranian Sport teams ensign and pioneer at Olympic Games .

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