Iran bodybuilding is on the rise.

The 7th International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Men’s World Amateur Bodybuilding Championships & 12th World Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Championships & IFBB International Congress took place at the Spanish seaside resort of Benidorm. It began on November 2 and concluded on November 6, 2017.

The Iranian bodybuilding squad achieved first place and their team was officially crowned champion on the final day of the show’s 2017 edition.

Mohsen Samadi sealed Iran’s place atop the final medal standings after winning the regular overall title in Benidorm, Spain.Two of the other three regular bodybuilding gold medals went to Oman with Al Zadjali securing the up to 85 kg title and Ahmed Al Harthi coming out on top in the up to 90 kg division. Al Zadjali scored an unrivalled 23 points to beat nearest challenger Hamed Mahmoud-Eini of Iran by 17. Al Harthi, meanwhile, prevailed with a score of 22 points with Iran’s Mahdi Ghanavati second and Spain’s Vicente Olombrada third.

Iranian competitors Samad Haydari, Hossein Kalateh and Mohsen Samadi accumulated five gold medals between them in the 70-kilogram, 95-kilogram, over 100 kilogram and regular overall categories of men’s bodybuilding competitions. Davoud Shokrollah, Hamed Mahmoud Aini and Mehdi Ghanavati clinched three silvers in the 80-kilogram, 85-kilogram and 90-kilogram classes respectiely.

Mazaher Tabani added a bronze medal to Iran’s new collection with a solid showing in the 100-kilogram weight class. In the men’s classic bodybuilding, Mohammad Reza Ja’afari and Hessam Khosravi won two gold medals in the up to 180cm and over 180cm categories.

Hessam Khosravi claimed the overall silver and Mohammad Reza Ja’afari settled for the bronze.
Additionally, Akbar Sarbaz and Shintia Lakpour claimed silver and bronze medals in the 173cm and 178cm standings of men’s physique division.

At the end of the games Iran stood first on the medal table with a total of 14 medals (six gold, five silver and three bronze medals) while South Korea finished second, boasting 12 medals. Germany earned third place with only three gold medals.

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