With one big breath and a little hop forward on each attempt, the 23 year old Iranian, who started weightlifting at the age of 13, went 3/3 in the Snatch. 173, 176 and 178 , which was only surpassed by Ivan Markov’s 179kg.
Afterwards at the press conference Kianoush, who’s English is pretty good by the way, said that came for the Clean & Jerk world record.
“I’m angry I didn’t get it,” he said. “But I will do it.”
He did that weight multiple times in training. What’s even more remarkable is that he did the 220kg C&Js it at 85kg and even 83kg bodyweight!
At this point in the press conference, Ivan Markov, with a smile on his face (can you believe it?), turns on his mic and says “you are a strong man”.
But the WR wasn’t meant to fall that day. In the Clean & Jerk Kianoush missed opener at 211, which threw him off. So much so that he also missed his second attempt. He was angry and said “my mind was still busy”, “God helped me with the 213”.
If I do world record, I can go up to 94kg. Now I stay.
He then took the opportunity to address his troubled past in the Iranian national team under former coach Kourosh Bagheri.
As you know he along with Behdad and others left the national team, because they disagreed with how he ran things. He is the reason Kianoush wasn’t allowed to lift at the 2013 worlds. During this time he and the others thought about quitting the sport all together.
“Bagheri is a bad man”, he openly said. “I am not a man who usually talks bad about people, but this is the truth.”. Kianoush said that he and the others were constantly bullied and the training program injured many of them. He assured us that this is not only Kianoush’s, but the opinion of everyone on the team. A couple of days later Behdad Salimi mentioned the same conflict during the +105kg press conference (although I was not present there to take notes).
I certainly applaud Kianoush for not holding back and telling the world how bad the situation in his country was.