Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman has been moving big weight for a long time, but this recent feat of strength caught our attention. Currently, Rahman is in prep for the third Asian Paralympic Games, which are set to kick off in Jakarta, Indoensia on October 2nd and extend through the 16th. Every four years, thousands of athletes from over 40 countries come together to compete at the Asian Para Games, and Rahman is gearing up to potentially set a new world record.
When it comes Paralympic powerlifting, few athletes (if any) have built a bigger name for themselves than Rahman. He’s continually broken new ground with his insane strength — he was the first Paralympian to bench 600 lbs — and has been deemed the strongest Paralympic athlete in history.
In Rahman’s latest video, he hits one of his biggest triples to date and it’s a monstrous 295kg/650 lb 3-rep set, which is a weight that other Paralympic athletes aren’t even pressing for singles. This year, Rahman will be aiming to defend his superheavyweight Asian Para Games title, and will be trying to home a third gold medal from the Games in the +107kg weight class.
We don’t know about you, but we’re pumped to see what Rahman is capable of accomplishing at this year’s Asian Para Games. At the 2014 Games, Rahman was able to hit a 290kg/639 lb bench, which not only won him gold, but also set a new world record. In addition, he also won gold at the 2010 Asian Para Games in +100kg weight class.
Since the 2014 Asian Para Games, Rahman has pushed his world record even further and won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. At the 2016 Games, Rahman bench pressed an incredible 310kg/681 lbs to seal a new world record. And four years prior to the 2016 Games, Rahman competed at the 2012 London Olympics and also won gold in the +100kg weight class with a very strong 280kg/617 lb second attempt bench.
Fast forward to December 2017, and Rahman bench pressed 311kg/683 lbs in training. So needless to say, Rahman is looking stronger than ever in lead up to the 2018 Asian Para Games, and we have to wonder, can he take down his current world record?
Feature image from @siamand_rahman Instagram page.