Picking up where he left off last year, Iran's Hossein Rezazadeh won the IWF Superheavyweight Gala/Stian Grimseth Cup today in Foerde, Norway. According to Norwegian weightlifting authority Per Mattingsdal, Rezazadeh's 200-kg snatch and 250-kg clean and jerk were easy. Latvia's Victors Scerbatihs also gave an early warning to the weightlifters who are eying medals at the Athens Olympics, as he also snatched 200 kg and was content to make an "easy" 240-kg clean and jerk. Russia's Andrei Chemerkin had a rough time, and Mattingsdal described Chemerkin as being, "a shadow of his former self and had to be satisfied with 180 kg in the snatch and a very narrow 220 kg success in the clean and jerk," adding that, "maybe this was his international swan song." Regrettably, host Stian Grimseth bombed in the snatch.
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