Gaza weightlifter Mohammad Hamada wins gold at World Junior Championships in Greece | More sports news


GAZA/ATHENS: Mohammad Hamada, a Palestinian weightlifter from the Gaza Strip, won a gold medal Monday at the IWF World Junior Championships in Greece, organizers and his family announced.
It was a rare international victory for an athlete from a territory of two million people, where world-class training facilities are scarce.

At the Athens event, 20-year-old Hamada won gold in the 102kg weight class for the snatch lift. He won a bronze medal in total results, which are based on a competitor’s best snatch and clean and throw lifts.

Hamada traveled to the United Arab Emirates in January to prepare for the competition, spending 40 days at a training camp in the Gulf nation. He also trained alongside several world champions at another camp in Russia.
He began his career at the age of 12, competing in local competitions in Gaza.
“I cried. We all did it. This is Mohammad’s first world gold, a world gold for Palestine,” his father, Khamees Hamada, told Reuters in Gaza.
“It’s an achievement for every Palestinian. I’m proud of my son,” he said, after watching the event with his family, friends and local sports officials.
Last year, Hamada was the first Palestinian weightlifter to compete in the Olympics, finishing seventh in Tokyo.
“We have lived this victory for weeks and months and we are happy that the training and preparation plan has paid off today,” said Asad Al-Majdalawi, vice president of the Palestinian Olympic Committee.
“This victory is a message to the whole world – the Palestinian people deserve a better life and deserve to be free,” Majdalawi told Reuters.

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