Siamand Rahman named IPC athlete of month

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman has been named the Allianz Athlete of the Month for July 2015 after his incredible performance at the IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Iranian proved his status as the strongest Paralympian in the world after lifting 295kg at the event.

With the feat, Rahman has now broken the men’s over 107kg world record eight times in the span of 15 months, including three times each at the World Championships in April 2014 and October’s Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.

He is expected to save the big lift of 300kg for the big stage at Rio 2016.

Rahman collected an overwhelming 81 per cent of July’s votes. Also nominated in this month’s polls were Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias (8 per cent), British sprinter Sophie Hahn (2 per cent), Rwandan sitting volleyball player Lilian Mukobwankabo (5 per cent) and British wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley (4 per cent).

By Tasnim News Agency