Iraqi gold medalist weightlifter becomes internet sensation with wild celebration at Asian Games

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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
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Iraq's Safaa Al-Jumaili reacts after his winning lift, gaining him the gold medal in the men's 85kg Group A weightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (AFP)
Updated 25 August 2018
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Iraqi gold medalist weightlifter becomes internet sensation with wild celebration at Asian Games

JAKARTA: Safaa Al-Jumaili, who secured Iraq’s first gold medal of the Asian Games on Friday, has become an internet sensation after his wild celebration.
The Iraqi champion celebrated winning the weightlifting by ripping off his shirt and roaring with delight.
His jubilation came after a dramatic last-gasp lift secured his country’s first gold of the Asian Games.
It was Iraq’s first medal of any color at the 18th Asiad and was greeted with jubilant scenes at the Jakarta International Expo arena.
As Al-Jumaili roared in delight he was joined by an Iraqi team official who bowed and kissed the platform several times in thanks.
Al-Jumaili had already failed with the 202kg he needed for gold but somehow managed to lock out his arms on the final lift of the 85kg competition to pip South Korea’s brave Jang Yeon-hak by just 1kg.
Jang was left with silver after collapsing on his final 197kg attempt and being stretchered away wearing an oxygen mask.
He recovered in time to collect his silver medal. “I hyperventilated,” he told AFP. “I knew Al-Jumaili had a strong clean and jerk and I knew if I didn’t make it he would probably win.”
The 2017 Asian Junior Championship gold medallist said he was just glad to be competing after a horror injury three years ago.
“It was my own fault. I kicked a barbell and broke my leg,” he revealed.
“I thought I would have to give up lifting but my father helped me with rehabilitation. Every day he trained with me.”


Raptors beat Bucks to reach first NBA final

Updated 26 May 2019
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Raptors beat Bucks to reach first NBA final

TORONTO: Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Pascal Siakam scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet 14 for the Raptors, who used a 26-3 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to turn the game in their favor.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the NBA’s top team in the regular season saw its bid for a first finals berth in 45 years come to a disappointing end with a fourth consecutive defeat.
Down 76-71 to start the fourth, the Raptors tied it with an 8-2 run while Leonard and Antetokounmpo were both on the bench. Ibaka’s dunk with 10:32 to go tied it at 78.
Antetokounmpo returned after a timeout, but Leonard kept sitting. That didn’t matter to Toronto, with Siakam’s basket giving the Raptors an 80-78 lead, their first lead since it was 6-3.
Leonard’s one-handed slam after Lowry’s steal gave Toronto an 87-79 lead with 6:46 to go before the Bucks responded. George Hill answered with a layup, Brook Lopez converted a three-point play and Antetokounmpo scored to cut it to 87-86 with 5:19 to go.
Lowry and Lopez swapped baskets before Gasol’s 3 put the Raptors up 92-88 with 3:50 left. After another basket by Lopez, Leonard made a 3 to push Toronto’s lead to 95-90 with 3:04 to play. It was Leonard’s first 3 after missing his first seven attempts of the game.
Toronto made 12 of 27 3-point attempts, including four of eight in the fourth quarter.
Siakam, who missed a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s double-overtime win in Game 3, hit one to make it 98-94. Leonard grabbed the rebound on the second and was fouled. He made both, putting the Raptors up 100-94 with 3.9 seconds to go.
Brogdon and Middleton each made a pair from long range as the Bucks shot 6 for 9 from 3-point range in the first and closed the quarter with 10 unanswered points to lead 31-18. Toronto shot 6 for 19 in the opening quarter, missing six straight twice in the first 12 minutes.
The Bucks extended their lead to 38-23 on a 3 by Ersan Ilyasova with 7:46 left until half. Toronto cut the gap to 46-43 on a 3 by VanVleet with 1:07 left in the second, but Eric Bledsoe answered with a 3 and Antetokounmpo split a pair at the line, giving the Bucks a 50-43 advantage at the intermission.
The lead went back to 15 in the third before Leonard finished the period with a flourish. He had eight points in the final 2:01 and Toronto closed with a 10-0 run, cutting a 15-point deficit to 76-71.
TIP-INS
Bucks: Milwaukee shot 4 for 16 in the second but three of its made baskets were 3-pointers. ... The Bucks had six points in the paint in the first half. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul on Milwaukee’s first possession of the second half. Leonard missed the free throw. ... Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 10 at the free throw line.
Raptors: Danny Green, who missed all three of his field goal attempts in 16 minutes in Game 5, had another rough night. Green shot 0 for 4 in 14 minutes. ... Leonard’s 17 rebounds were his most in any game this postseason. ... Lowry had eight assists.
DRAKE WATCH
Raptors fan and ‘global ambassador’ Drake sat in his regular seat adjacent to the Toronto bench. The rapper wore a black hoodie with ‘KAWHI ME A RIVER’ printed on the back.
UP NEXT
The NBA Finals comes to Canada for the first time when the Raptors host the Warriors on Thursday night. Toronto swept Golden State in the regular season.