World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran's Behdad Salimikordasiabi won gold in the headline event of the London Olympic weightlifting competition on Tuesday to claim the title of strongest man at the Games.
His fellow countryman Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad took the silver to seal a one-two that delighted a crowed packed with Iranian supporters and asserted the country's dominance in the Games' ultimate test of strength.
"In Iran I know they're all partying in the street already," Salimi said smiling and holding a permanently ringing mobile phone in one hand.
There was a party atmosphere in the ExCel arena too where dozens of Iranian flags were unfurled while whistles blew and air horns parped to the beat of the chant "Ir-an, Ir-an".
After receiving their medals, the lifters left the platform to embrace friends in the crowd accompanied by the hugely popular two-time Olympic champion Hossein Rezazadeh, now president of the country's weightlifting federation.
The 22-year-old world and Olympic champion, known as "Salimi", took victory with two lifts to spare when the challenge of Russia's Ruslan Albegov faded.
"I represented the last opportunity for the Russian team. I tried the best I could," Albegov said, reflecting on a disappointing weightlifting competition that returned five silver medals and a bronze, but no gold, from their 10-strong squad.
The winning total of 455kg comprised a 208kg lift in the snatch round and a 247kg clean and jerk.
That put him 6kg ahead of silver medallist, training partner and fellow countryman Anoushiravani who joined him on the platform at the end of the competition to hoist an Iranian flag.
Salimi was tied with Russia's Albegov at the halfway stage after both completed snatch lifts of 208kg, but the Iranian was too strong in the clean and jerk discipline where his first lift proved enough to beat off the rest of the field.
The crowd roared their approval as Salimi then attempted a 264kg clean and jerk that would have taken the world record from Rezazadeh, who was cheering on from the technical area by the stage.
However the lift proved too much and after failing his first of two possible attempts, with gold already secured, he unbuckled his belt and remained on the platform to lap up the applause of a crowd featuring a large and noisy Iranian contingent.
Salimi later told reporters that a lengthy gap between lifts had allowed his body to go cold and affected his ability to make the lift.
"My first goal was to get the gold medal. I came here to get the gold medal and maybe in the future I will go for the record," he said.
Beijing Olympic champion Matthias Steiner did not finish the event after receiving a blow to the head from the falling bar when his arms buckled on a 196kg snatch attempt. Germany's Steiner left the stage on his feet, raising a hand to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.
"He is OK but was not able to continue with the competition for medical reasons. I do not think it is very serious, but the doctors are checking him over," said Germany's Olympic mission chief Michael Vesper.
State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, will arrive in Vietnam on Monday for meetings with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
In 2011, Zehaf-Bibeau begged a British Columbia judge to put him in jail, saying he was homeless and wanted to overcome a crack cocaine addiction, according to court records
Iraqi forces also must be trained, armed and ready before major advances, like one to retake the city of Mosul, which fell to the ISIL in June
Spencer is the ninth Ebola case seen in the United States and the first case in America's largest city, setting off renewed fears about the spread of the virus
The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.
More than 200 troops, stealth ships and helicopters have scoured waters off Stockholm since last Friday after reports of foreign "underwater activity" - suspected to be a Russian sub
The detainee was identified as Irek Hamidullan. He was captured in 2009 and has been held at a detention facility at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan.
Danish politicians continue to demand explanation for Turkey's release of suspect in attempted shooting of right-wing Danish writer Lars Hedegaard
Voters will cast ballots on October 26 for 217 members of the National Assembly, which will choose a new prime minister to replace Tunisia's current caretaker administration.
Greece, Turkey and Cyprus can become an axis of stability in a troubled region, according to former foreign minister of Greece, Theodora Bakoyannis.
Troops under the command of the opposition force's Colonel Abdul-Jabbar al-Aqidi will be deployed in the Syrian border town
The Latakia province of Syria, largely populated by Turkmen, was attacked by fighter planes, mortars and missiles
The acting inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development altered numerous reports to remove criticisms of the agency over a two-year period, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Kenya and China signed a $3.8-billion deal for the construction of the railway in May
The lawsuit came after the United Nations said it would not pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation requested by Haitian cholera victims
The Hesham Mubarak Law Center said that it would file a lawsuit against the government on the background of its failure to take measures to protect citizens against forced disappearance.