Behdad Salimi

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Behdad Salimi
Behdad Salimi 2018l.jpg
Salimi at the 2018 Asian Games
Personal information
Full nameBehdad Salimi Kordasiabi
Nickname(s)"Iranian Hercules"
NationalityIranian
EthnicityMazandarani
Born (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989 (age 29)
Ghaemshahr, Mazandaran, Iran
ResidenceGhaemshahr, Mazandaran, Iran
EducationPhysical Education[1]
Alma materQaemshahr University
Height1.90–1.97 m[1][2][3]
Sport
CountryIran
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)+105 kg
ClubZob Ahan
Melli Haffari[2]
Coached byGhasem Ghazalian
Kourosh Bagheri
Mohammad Hossein Barkhah[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 216 kg (2016)
  • Clean and jerk: 255 kg (2014, AGR)
  • Total: 465 kg (2014, AGR)

Behdad Salimi Kordasiabi (Persian: بهداد سلیمی كردآسیابی‎, born 8 December 1989) is former Iranian heavyweight weightlifter. He won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics, 2010–2018 Asian Games, 2010 and 2011 World Championships and 2009–2012 Asian Championships. He served as the flag bearer Iran at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games.[1][4][5][6]

Career[edit]

Salimi with coaches at the 2018 Asian Games

At the 2010 World Weightlifting Championships Salimi won the gold medal in the +105 kg category.[7] Salimi won gold again in the +105 kg category at the 2010 Asian Games with a 205 kg snatch and a 235 kg clean and jerk.[8]

Salimi won the gold medal at the 2011 World Weightlifting Championships in Paris, France on 13 November 2011, and set a new snatch world record of 214 kg.[9]

Salimi became the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the +105 kg category on 7 August 2012 with a 208 kg snatch and a 247 kg clean and jerk for a total of 455 kg.[10][11]

Despite a torn ACL, total knee re-construction and over two years out of the game, Behdad Salimi returned to weightlifting in 2016 to compete in the Fajr Cup, held in Tehran, Iran and won gold.[12]

At the Rio 2016 Olympics,[13] he broke the world record snatch set moments before by Lasha Talakhadze, making 216 kg, in the clean and jerk he initially completed a lift of 245 kg which was approved by all three referees before being controversially disqualified by the jury.[14] Iran’s National Olympics Committee filed an application to the CAS.[15] The International Weightlifting Federation website was hacked[16] the next morning and its Instagram page flooded with over 285,000 comments.[17]

Leaving National Team[edit]

After 2012 London Olympic games he and other Olympic medalists of Iran protested against Iran's national weightlifting team head coach Kourosh Bagheri for using offensive language in training and declined to attend national team exercises. As a result of a heavy argument on a live TV debate between Salimi and Kourosh Bagheri, the Iranian Weightlifting Federation dismissed Salimi and other weightlifters, and did not invite any of the London medalists for the 2013 Asian Weightlifting Championships and 2013 World Weightlifting Championships.[18]

Retirement[edit]

After winning his third gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, with a total of 461 kg, Salimi announced his retirement from the sport.[19][20]


Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2012 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom +105 kg 201 205 208 2 247 264 -- 1 455 1st, gold medalist(s)
2016 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +105 kg 206 211 216 WR 1 245 245 245 - - -
World Championships
2010 Turkey Antalya, Turkey +105 kg 203 208 211 2nd, silver medalist(s) 241 245 247 2nd, silver medalist(s) 453 1st, gold medalist(s)
2011 France Paris, France +105 kg 201 209 214 WR 1st, gold medalist(s) 241 250 260 1st, gold medalist(s) 464 1st, gold medalist(s)
2014 Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan +105 kg 206 211 211 2nd, silver medalist(s) 246 251 257 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 457 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2017 United States Anaheim, United States +105 kg 205 211 216 2nd, silver medalist(s) 241 242 252 5 453 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Asian Games
2010 China Guangzhou, China +105 kg 201 201 205 1 235 241 241 2 440 1st, gold medalist(s)
2014 South Korea Incheon, South Korea +105 kg 200 210 215 1 241 255 -- 1 465 1st, gold medalist(s)
2018 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia +105 kg 200 206 208 2 237 246 253 1 461 1st, gold medalist(s)
Asian Championships
2009 Kazakhstan Taldykorgan, kazakhstan +105 kg 180 190 197 1st, gold medalist(s) 220 231 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 421 1st, gold medalist(s)
2011 China Tongling, China +105 kg 200 205 208 1st, gold medalist(s) 241 250 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 458 1st, gold medalist(s)
2012 South Korea Pyeongtaek, South Korea +105 kg 196 201 206 1st, gold medalist(s) 245 260 260 1st, gold medalist(s) 451 1st, gold medalist(s)
Fajr cup
2016 Iran Tehran, Iran +105 kg 195 201 205 1st, gold medalist(s) 225 231 231 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 430 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Junior Championships
2008 Colombia Cali, Colombia +105 kg 181 186 190 2nd, silver medalist(s) 220 226 226 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 406 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2009 Romania Bukarest, Romania +105 kg 181 190 195 1st, gold medalist(s) 222 228 235 1st, gold medalist(s) 423 1st, gold medalist(s)
Asian Junior Championships
2008 South Korea Jeonju, South Korea +105 kg 185 2nd, silver medalist(s) 222 2nd, silver medalist(s) 407 2nd, silver medalist(s)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d BEHDAD SALIMIKORDASIABI. asiangames2018.id
  2. ^ a b "Behdad Salimi". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  3. ^ Behdad Salimi. London2012.com. Retrieved on 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Behdad Salimi". iwf.net. IWF. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  5. ^ سليمي به تيم وزنه‌برداري ذوب آهن پيوست ورزش ۳
  6. ^ Jury Panel Lets Iran’s Salimi Down in Men's 105+kg. Kayhan.ir (17 August 2016). Retrieved on 2018-08-30.
  7. ^ "Behdad Salimi Wins the Supers at the World Weightlifting Championships". IronMind. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Asian Games Weightlifting: Behdad Salimi Wins the Supers!". IronMind. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Behdad Salimi: 216-kg World Record Snatch". IronMind. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Iran's Behdad Salimi Won Gold Medal in Men's Weightlifting +105kg". Kabir News. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  11. ^ London 2012 105kg superheavyweight men – Olympic Weightlifting. London2012.com. Retrieved on 30 August 2018.
  12. ^ Bend, Bar (2 June 2016). "Behdad Salimi Returns to Competition, Goes 205/225 at Fajr Cup". Bar Bend Blog. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Top weightlifters to watch in Rio". Archived from the original on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Iran slam Olympic lifting conspiracy as riot police called". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  15. ^ Iran files application to CAS on Salimi’s case – Mehr News Agency. En.mehrnews.com (17 August 2016). Retrieved on 2018-08-30.
  16. ^ Reuters. "Weightlifting under fire from angry Iranians: 1.6 million times". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  17. ^ International Weightlifting Federation website hacked after Iranian’s controversial Olympic exit. AFP via Japan Times
  18. ^ All Things Gym. "Weightlifting News: Iranian Weightlifters Leave / Got Kicked Off Team". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Iranian Weightlifter Behdad Salimi Announces Retirement After 2018 Asian Games - BarBend". BarBend. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  20. ^ سایت شبکه ورزش – بهداد سلیمی در گفتگوی اختصاصی با شبکه ورزش سیما از دنیای حرفه ای خداحافظی کرد ,بهداد سلیمی. Varzeshtv.ir. Retrieved on 30 August 2018.

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