Strongest Paralympian ever Siamand Rahman will depart Tehran on Monday night for Monaco to participate at the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award.
Rahman produced arguably the best performance of Rio 2016 when he lifted a world record 310kg to take gold in the men’s over 100kg powerlifting event. In becoming the first Paralympian to lift over 300kg, Rahman made global headlines for Paralympic sport. His final lift of 310kg was the equivalent of lifting a large Siberian tiger.
“I am very happy to be in the ceremony as Iran’s representative and I think it's an honor to be nominated for the award. I hope to add the honor to my collection,” Rahman told Paralympic.ir.
“Lifting a world record 310kg in Rio 2016 was very significant for me because it happened after four years of waiting,” he added.
The shortlist was decided by the IPC Governing Board following nominations from IPC members. The winner will be decided by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy and announced on Tuesday at a glittering awards ceremony in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The Rio Paralympic Games provide all six Nominees for the highly respected Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award; swimmers Ihar Boki from Belarus and New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe; visually impaired Cuban sprinter Omara Durand, Iran weightlifter Siamand Rahman, Swiss wheelchair racer Marcel Hug and Italian fencer Beatrice Vio.