0100 GMT February 21, 2018
The IPC powerlifting world record-holder in the +107kg category, Siamand Rahman, who also handed Iran the glittering golds in 2010 Asian Para Games and 2012 Paralympic Games, is determined to set a new bench press mark.
Rahman is prepping for the world event in Kazakhstan – the qualifying meet for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
Born in Oshnavieh, West Azarbaijan province, in 1988, the invincible lifter in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily talked about his physical conditions, opponents and future plans.
IRAN DAILY: How is your training going?
SIAMAND RAHMAN: I resumed training in Tehran two weeks ago to get ready for Iran qualifiers slated for late winter and ahead of world meet in Kazakhstan. The national side is scheduled to hold a camp in March or April.
You have several world titles under your belt. Right?
Yes, I snatched the gold at the US world championships in 2008 and added three more in 2010 – two world titles in Libya and Malaysia and one Asian gold in Guangzhou, China. In 2011, I finished runner-up in Jordan’s International Open. Three more golds came as I stood top in 2012 London Paralympic Games, 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, and 2014 world championships in Dubai, the UAE.
When did you set your first world record? How long have you been the Paralympic strongest athlete?
In 2008 US competitions, I improved the world's junior mark and set new juniors’ and men’s records in 2010 Guangzhou. Since then, I have been unrivaled in international events.
Who is your archrival?
The world's top heavyweight powerlifters are from Iran. The In 2014 world contests in Dubai, I lifted 292kg and my 33-year-old teammate Mansour Pirmirzaei registered a 260kg mark.
When are you planning to call it quits?
It is too difficult to make firm decision about the future because an injury could end your professional career. For now, my focus is on Rio.
What is your ultimate goal? Are you going to shatter your record in Rio?
I am yearning for another Para Games. In London, I planned to lift 301kg but it was not accepted. I handled 310kg in the gym.
So, why didn’t you do that in Incheon?
Media coverage was poor and my coach suggested that it would be better to happen in a greater event. I wish I would register it in Guinness World Records.
What are behind your success?
God-given talent, motivation and tough training play effective roles. My first record was 120kg and it was intensive training that helped me.