Iran’s Paralympic and world champion Siamand Rahman snatched a gold medal at the IPC Powerlifting World Cup and broke his own record as well in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Rahman lifted 296kg to set a new world record in the men’s over 107kg.
It is the ninth time the Iranian has broken the world record and means he remains on course to reach his ultimate goal of 300kg. Rahman is expected to attempt the feat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
On his 2016 debut, he put in two good lifts of 275kg and 286kg before adding 1kg onto his previous best of 295kg.
Iran’s Majid Farzin in the men’s up to 80kg and Hamed Solhipour in the men’s up to 88kg had already claimed two gold medals for Iran.
Saman Razi in the men’s up to 97kg and Ali Sadeghzadeh in the men’s up to 107 snatched two medals and Hamzeh Mohammadi won a bronze medal in the men’s up to 65kg.
The competition brought more than 200 athletes from 40 countries together.