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Iran’s Moradi takes gold in 94 kg weightlifting, USA’s Farris 11th

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While Iran’s Sohrab Moradi was unable to establish a new World record in the men’s 94 kg weightlifting competition, he did managed to win his nation’s second Olympic medal of these Games.

Moradi essentially clinched gold on his first attempt in the clean and jerk, as he lifted 221 kilograms to push his weight total up to 403 kilograms (approximately 888.5 pounds). Moradi lifted 182 kg in the snatch portion of the competition, hitting that mark on his third lift. In the clean and jerk Moradi made two attempts at 234 kilograms, which would have broken the world records in that lift and the overall weight total, but was unable to even attempt a catch on the clean portion.

Taking silver was Vadzim Straltsou of Belarus with a total weight lifted of 395 kilograms, with Lithuania’s Aurimas Didzbalis taking bronze at 392 kilos. Following his final attempt of the evening Didzbalis showed his appreciation for the crowd by making a heart and doing a back flip on the platform. All three medalists are the first ever for their respective nations in this weight class, and in the case of Didzbalis he is Lithuania’s first-ever weightlifting medalist.

WATCH: Lithuanian weightlifter celebrates bronze with backflip

Moradi joins countryman Kianoush Rostami as Iran’s medalists in Rio, with Rostami taking gold in the 85 kg weightlifting competition.

American Kendrick Farris, who lifted in Group B, finished 11th with a total weight lifted of 357 kilograms. Of the ten lifters in Group B, only Ukraine’s Volodymyr Hoza (375 kg) and South Korea’s Han-Woong Park (367 kg) lifted more weight than Farris.

IOC pledges €500,000 to help restore Notre Dame ahead of 2024 Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee plans to donate €500,000 ($562,000) to the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in the 2024 Olympic host city.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he wants to see Notre Dame restored within five years.

“The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us,” IOC president Thomas Bach wrote in a Wednesday letter to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet, according to a translation by Agence France-Presse, which reported Notre Dame is on the planned marathon and road cycling routes. “All the Olympic Movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

More than $500 million has been pledged overall from around the globe after a fire ravaged the 850-year-old cathedral on Monday.

NBC News has more on the Notre Dame fire here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Patrick Kane joined by NHL All-Stars on world championship roster

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NHL All-Stars Jack EichelRyan Suter and Cory Schneider join previously named captain Patrick Kane to lead the U.S. at next month’s world hockey championship in Slovakia, seeking the nation’s first title at a standalone worlds since 1933.

Sixteen players were added to the roster in Thursday’s announcement with more to come before worlds open May 10 and more teams get eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, making more players available. The IIHF allows up to 25 players per nation.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill will be the U.S. head coach for a third straight worlds. The Americans lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 and earned bronze in 2018, sandwiching an Olympic quarterfinal exit in PyeongChang without NHL players.

Sweden is trying to become the first nation to three-peat at worlds since the Czech Republic in 2001.

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Preliminary IIHF World Championship Roster

Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks)
Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres)
Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings)
James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia Flyers)
Frank Vatrano (Florida Panthers)
Colin White (Ottawa Senators)

Quinn Hughes (Vancouver Canucks)
Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings)
Brady Skjei (New York Rangers)
Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)

Thatcher Demko (Vancouver Canucks)
Cayden Primeau (Laval (AHL))
Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils)