Aug 30, 2021, 2:38 PM
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Iran’s Smiling Hercules remembered in Tokyo

Tokyo, IRNA – Pictures and video clips were played in the Tokyo Paralympic weightlifting competitions venue by the organizers to remember Iran’s late weightlifting champion Siamand Rahman who was a record keeper super-heavyweight genius.

Hours before weightlifting competitions in the super-heavyweight category in Tokyo Paralympic 2020 began, Iranians could notice the vacant place of their hero who made the games so meaningful to them in the past editions.

Paralympic weightlifting competitions were especially exciting for Iranians in the two previous editions, as Siamand Rahman, the Iranian Smiling Hercules, was ready to bring pride for them.

But today, Iranians can only remember his heroic name and his records which were displayed in the weightlifting competitions venue in Tokyo International Forum by the organizers hours before the games.

Mansour Pourmirzaei, another Iranian hero who represents Iran in Paralympic weightlifting this year, is Siamand’s successor and hopefully going to make history; however, what Siamand made by lifting unimaginably heavy weights was something of unrepeatable essence.

Siamand’s credit was big enough in 2016 in Brazil to attract thousands of people to watch Paralympic super-heavyweight competitions which could hardly ever fascinate such a crowd.

What happened in Brazil was a triumph over disability that Siamand put on display by lifting the 310-kilogram weight, making the highest rank military official in Brazil to give a military salute to honor his unearthly determination.

Unfortunately in March 2020, a heart strike stopped Siamand from making history even more epic, depriving Iranians of moments of pride and excitement in this year’s Paralympic in Tokyo.


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