Siamand Rahman of Iran claimed a gold medal in the men’s over 107kg of the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City on Friday.
After achieving what no other man had before by breaking the 300kg barrier at Rio 2016 to set a new world record of 310kg, most fans were expecting the Iranian to make history again. However, the two-time Paralympic champion was satisfied with just winning gold.
Despite not attempting the world record it was still an impressive display from the champion. He led comfortably from round one with a lift of 265kg, before lifts of 275kg and finally 285kg saw him secure gold with a winning margin of 41kg.
It was an Iranian 1-2 in the category as Mansour Pourmirzaei took silver following a 241kg lift, while Jordan´s Jamil Elshebli (235kg) sealed bronze.
“Why do I have to break the world record every time I compete?” he answered after being asked about the reasons why he did not try to break it again. “I cannot do it every time and, besides, I had some technical issues.
“I am happy for this title and want to dedicate it to my family, friends and all the people in Iran,” Rahman added.