How to shut up haters the right way…
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Just like in Rio they were butthurt over the jury’s (correct) decision to red light Salimi’s lifts.
Mart told me that before the lift, when he walked on stage he thought “not again, … Rio flashback”. He tried to focus on a clean lift as he missed his 251kg attempt before that. The 253kg secured his clean and jerk silver medal over Iran’s Saeid Alihosseini.
Mart was furious. He said “Of course I was angry! Weightlifting fans used to be polite.”
After the competition some Iranian fans came up to him and apologized for their behaviour, saying that they weren’t booing him. This obviously completely misses the point as the damage was already done (Rustam Djangabaev missed his attempt).
What do you think?
In european football, when “fans” misbehave the clubs get punished. I think IWF should consider the same for Iran.
By the way the audio in the video doesn’t really do it justice. It was insanely loud during his attempt.