Rah­man com­pletes hat trick of golds at Asian Para Games

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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.

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