Spring 2001 (9.1)
The unofficial title
of "world's strongest man" now belongs to weightlifter
Hossein Rezazadeh, who won a gold medal at last September's Olympic
Games in Sydney. Hossein, 23, is an Azerbaijani from Ardebil,
Left: Hossein Rezazade, an
Azerbaijani from Iran, won the Olympic Gold in Sydney for lifting
He competed in the men's superheavyweight (+105kg) category and
broke two world records. The first was the world snatch record
of 206kg - Hossein lifted 212.5kg (468 pounds) at the Olympics.
After lifting 260kg (573 pounds) in the clean and jerk competition,
he also broke the record for combined weight with his total of
472.5kg (1,040 pounds). "I didn't expect to win a medal,"
Hossein said at the time, "but I had worked really hard
This was Hossein's first visit to the Olympics; his first major
win came in 1997 when he won a gold medal at the Asian Youth
Championships in China. There he lifted 365kg. Three years later,
he had increased his lifts by 100kg.
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