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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.

Hayley Wickenheiser is 7th woman elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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Hayley Wickenheiser, arguably the greatest female hockey player of all time who retired in 2017, will be the seventh female player in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The six-time Canadian Olympian (once in softball) was elected in her first year of eligibility. Wickenheiser is joined by Sergei Zubov, who earned gold at the 1992 Albertville Games with the Unified Team, two-time Czech Olympic medalist Václav Nedomanský and 1980s and ’90s NHLer Guy Carbonneau, among others.

The induction ceremony is Nov. 18 in Toronto.

Wickenheiser is the fifth Canadian female player elected after Angela James (2010), Geraldine Heaney (2013), Danielle Goyette (2017) and Jayna Hefford (2018). Americans Cammi Granato (2010) and Angela Ruggiero (2015) are also Hall of Famers.

Wickenheiser, now the Toronto Maple Leafs’ assistant director of player development, earned four golds and one silver in the first five Olympic women’s hockey tournaments. She played 23 years for the Canadian national team, earning seven world titles and being named Olympic tournament MVP in 2002 and 2006.

She also carried the Canadian flag at the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony and recited the Athletes’ Oath at the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony. She was elected to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission in 2014.

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Breaking provisionally added for 2024 Olympics

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Breaking (don’t call it break dancing) was provisionally added to the Olympics for the 2024 Paris Games.

The IOC also announced Tuesday that skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were provisionally added to the 2024 Olympic program. Those three sports will debut at Tokyo 2020 but were not assured places on the Olympic program beyond next year.

“They contribute to making the program more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a press release. “The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience and hosting socially responsible Games.”

The IOC Executive Board will make the final decision on the Paris 2024 event program in December 2020, but no more sports can be proposed for inclusion. That means baseball and softball, which return to the Olympics next year, will not be on the 2024 Olympic program. Those sports can still be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Breaking debuted at the Youth Olympics last year, where the U.S. did not have any athletes. Sergei “Bumblebee” Chernyshev of Russia and Ramu Kawai of Japan took gold medals.

Breaking had never previously been up for a vote for Olympic inclusion, but the World DanceSport Federation is recognized by the IOC.

Teenagers, some of whom went by nicknames like Bad Matty, Senorita Carlota and KennyG, went head-to-head in dance battles at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last year. They performed on a mat atop an outdoor basketball court to a musical beat and emcees.

Judges determined winners using six criteria: creativity, personality, technique, variety, perfomativity and musicality.

“Breaking (also called b-boying or b-girling) is an urban dance style,” according to the Youth Olympics. “The urban dance style originated during the mid 1970s in the Bronx borough of New York City.”

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