Olympics: Weightlifter Rostami rewrites his own world record to win gold for Iran

Kianoush Rostami of Iran competes during the 2016 Rio Olympics on Aug 13.
Kianoush Rostami of Iran competes during the 2016 Rio Olympics on Aug 13. PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - In-form weightlifter Kianoush Rostami broke his own world record as he clinched gold for Iran in the men's 85kg competition on Friday.

The 25-year-old raised 179kg above his head in the snatch before jerking 217kg for a combined total of 396 and a new world record.

It was Iran's first medal at the Rio Games.