I don;t think it applies unless it is head to head competition. You're right Behdad Salimi just became the world record holder for the snatch (he is from my region of Iran) ha. We're a strong race.
The Iranians I know all hate the conservative Government in Iran right now and basically that's been there since the throw of the Shah. They hated the Shah as well though so you can't win.
I look forward to seeing the film The Separation.
But I like much more the sports governed by the Rural & Tribal Sports Federation where ladies ride and shoot, whereas men compete in sports rooted in agriculture. )))
The one with the peafowls is my favorite one: