Rahman completes hat trick of golds at Asian Para Games
TEHRAN — Super heavyweight powerlifter Siamand Rahman completed a remarkable Asian Para Games hat trick of gold medals on Friday.
Rahman, the world’s strongest Paralympian, claimed a gold medal at the men’s over 107.00 kg at the Balai Sudirman in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rahman beat his own Asian record by 3.00kg. Rahman had won gold medals at the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China and 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.
He has won gold medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Rahman is the current IPC Powerlifting World Record holder in the +107 kg category with a 310.0 kilograms bench press and also holds the junior world record with 290.0 kilograms and the Paralympic Championship Record with 310.0 kilograms.
“I am very happy for winning gold medal at the Asian Para Games but I am concentrating on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and I want to make history in the Games,” Rahman said during the medal ceremony.
Asked him why he didn’t register a new record, Rahman said, “I respect the decision of coaching staff. Maybe they didn’t want to me under pressure,” he added.
The silver medal went to Rahman’s countryman Mansour Pourmirzaei who lifted 248kg.
Faris Al-Ageeli from Iraq sat third by lifting 240kg. The 2018 Asian Para Games are being held from October 6th to 13th at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in the capital city of Jakarta.