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male powerlifter Siamand Rahman pumps his fist as he is wheeled onto the stage

Siamand Rahman

Powerlifting
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The question is: how far can Siamand Rahman go?

The strongest Paralympian decided not to go for the world record again in 2018. Rahman still easily won gold at both the Asian Para Games and Asia-Oceania Open Championships.

The Iranian chose to go for the mark at the biggest competitions, be it the World Championships or Paralympic Games.

Rahman became the first powerlifter to break the 300kg barrier at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. One year later, he secured his second world title in Mexico City. His main opponent is the bar and his human rivals know they have to settle for fighting for silver.

He became the strongest man in Paralympic history after breaking the world record at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

And he has continued to prove his status every year since, breaking the world record multiple times to edge towards the most anticipated lift in Para powerlifting - his long awaited 300kg lift.

Rahman’s natural physique and body dimensions have always been suited to powerlifting, and he initially took up the sport after his family and coaches encouraged him to try it out.

The Iranian began his career supported by his family and coach Ali Asghar in 2008.

He appeared on the world stage for the first time at the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he competed in the men’s over 100kg and won silver losing to teammate Karem Rajabi Golojeh.

He set a new world record on his fourth lift, but unfortunately did not count toward his medal performance.

At the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games, he set another world record in the over 100kg category, lifting 287.5kg, which was more than enough to get him the gold.

In April 2012, he broke his own record once more, lifting 291kg at a competition in the United Arab Emirates.

During London 2012, he broke the Paralympic record with a lift of 280kg, a mark that previously belonged to Golojeh.

Leading into Rio 2016, Rahman kept people guessing on whether he would attempt 300kg on the world's biggest stage. He gave some indication of his potential however, breaking the world record nine times in three years from 2014-2016.

The anticipation when he did take to the bench in Rio was palpable. The venue was heavy with expectation.

He started out with a relatively easy 270kg to get himself going. Then on his second lift he went for the 300kg. As the green lights appeared from the judges, a smile spread across Rahman's face and he was congratulated by his coaching team amongst loud cheers.

He came out again and cleared 305kg on his third lift, feeding the fever of the crowds. But he was not finished.

Incredibly Rahman and his team decided he had some more left and registered a 310kg fourth round attempt. He successfully managed the lift to end powerlifting competitions at Rio 2016 on a huge high.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion

Further personal information

Residence
Oshnaviyeh, IRI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Kurdish, Persian
Higher education
Law - Azad University: Iran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para powerlifting in 2007 in Oshnavieh, Islamic Republic of Iran.
Why this sport?
He always had a powerful physique so his family and coaches encouraged him to try powerlifting. He immediately enjoyed the sport.
Club / Team
Oshnaviyeh Club: Iran

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Iran

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 16 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Iranian freestyle wrestler Gholamreza Takhti. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Powerlifter at the 2018 Asia-Oceania Open Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. (paralympic.org, 24 Sep 2018)

In September 2016 he was voted the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Best Male Athlete of the Month in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 14 Oct 2016)

He was named the IPC Athlete of the Month for October 2014 and July 2015. (paralympic.org, 11 Aug 2015; insidethegames.biz, 10 Nov 2014)
Milestones
He cleared the bar at 310kg to win gold in the 107kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and became the first Para powerlifter to lift over 300kg. (paralympic.org, 01 Nov 2016)
Ambitions
To set a new world record at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 12 Oct 2018)
Impairment
He has an impairment to both legs due to the effects of polio. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2019; hindustantimes.com, 17 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Over 100.00kg Final 2010-07-30 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 2012-09-05 1
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Over 107.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-11 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +107 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Over 107.00kg Final 2017-12-07 1