JAKARTA - Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting´s longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men´s 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday.
Moradi hoisted 189kg in the competition´s opening discipline to better the snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece´s Akakios Kakiasvilis.
Moradi, who was suspended for two years in 2013 for testing positive for banned painkiller methadone, but returned to win Olympic gold in Rio, now has a complete set of 94kg world records that will remain on the books forever.
After the Asian Games all the sport´s weight classes will change ahead of the Olympic qualifying cycle beginning at November´s World Championships.
Moradi already owned the marks for the clean and jerk (233kg) and total weight (417kg) in the men´s light heavyweight division which he set at the World Championships in Anaheim last year. - Agencies