Urmia IAU Paralympian Shines at Asia-Oceania Open Powerlifting C'ships

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 15:05

A student of Islamic Azad University, Urmia branch, Siamand Rahman, claimed a gold medal at the Asia-Oceania Open Powerlifting Championships on Wednesday.

The world and Paralympic record holder lifted 270kg in his first move to secure the gold medal in the very first step. The 30-year-old Iranian hoisted 280kg in the second attempt and then lost the 285kg in the last move since he didn’t feel the need to put more pressure on himself, the official website of the competition reported.

Rahman had already said before the competitions that he is not after breaking the world record in this event. “I am saving my best lifts for October's Asian Para Games and, of course, for the next Paralympic Games. At Indonesia 2018 and Tokyo 2020, you will witness what no other power lifter has done before. I am saving the best possible lifts for then,” he said, Paralympics website reported.

The 2018 World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships opened in Japan’s Kitakyushu on September 8 and wrapped up on September 12. It is the qualification pathway for all Asian and Oceanian para powerlifters striving to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

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