Early Sunrise

The weightlifting hall, packed to the rafters with the spectators whether sitting or standing on the stands, was filled with non-stop screams of excitement.

The crowd was cheering Hassan Pazhand in unison. In a few moments the veteran weightlifter, who was from Hamadan, would appear before the 111 kg weight to lift it above his head in one motion: a move that after so many years could eventually determine the fate of the Asian youth record in the bantamweight class for snatch lift. ……………

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