May 12, 1978 |
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (2007)|
|Weight||152 kg (335 lb) (2007)|
|Event(s)||Snatch, Clean and jerk|
Hossein Rezazadeh (Persian: حسین رضازاده, born May 12, 1978 in Ardabil, Iran) is a retired Iranian Olympic weightlifter. Rezazadeh is a 2 time Olympic champion, 4 time World Weightlifting champion, and 2 time Asian Games champion. He is also a world record holder in the clean and jerk and total, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. He has won the Iran sportsperson of the year award more than any other person.
He is nicknamed "The Iranian Hercules". He currently holds the world record in weightlifting's super heavyweight class in the clean and jerk and total. He is the first Iranian athlete to have won two Olympic gold medals. He is also one of Iran's most noted celebrities, frequently appearing on television and in the news; his wedding, which was held in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, in February 2003 was broadcast live on state television in Iran.
In 2002 he was voted the "Champion of Champions" of Iran and was one of 16 Iranian athletes granted a badge of courage from Iranian President Mohammad Khatami. As a reward for setting a world record at the 2003 World Weightlifting Championships in Vancouver, Canada, Mohammad Khatami awarded him 600 million rials (a little more than US$60,000 at the time) to buy a house in Tehran. After his spectacular performance, he was offered by Turkey’s Weightlifting Federation a stipend of US$20,000 a month, as well as a luxury villa and US$10 million reward if he switched nationalities and won gold for Turkey at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but he turned down their offer. Rezazadeh rejected the tempting offer saying, "I am an Iranian and love my country and people."
Rezazadeh surprised many at the 2000 Summer Olympics, earning a gold medal and breaking the decades-old monopoly on the gold by the Soviet Union and then Russia. His gold medal was the first since 1960 by a non-Soviet or non-Russian athlete in the over 105 kg class at a non boycotted Games. He has since broken his own records on a number of occasions leading up to his world record 263.5 kg (580.9 pounds) lift in the clean and jerk at the 2004 Summer Olympics. His total (both lifts combined) at the 2004 Summer Olympics of 472.5 kg was 17.5 kg more than silver medalist Viktors Ščerbatihs. He has been named IWF World Weightlifter of the Year, and was shortlisted for weightlifter of the century.
Rezazadeh's supremacy in the superheavyweight class has been virtually unchallenged in recent years. However, although he had not been pushed hard during his career, he was in pursuit of the all-time best IWF marks of 216.0 kg snatch (Antonio Krastev, 1987), 266.0 kg clean and jerk (Leonid Taranenko, 1988), and 475.0 kg total (Taranenko, 1988). Even though they exceed Rezazadeh's marks, these lifts are no longer the official world records due to the IWF's restructuring of weight classes, but they still remain as the heaviest weights lifted.
Rezazadeh is also referred to by weightlifting commentators as "the strongest man in the world", primarily due to his world records in the olympics.
In 2006 the Rezazadeh Stadium was built in Rezazadeh's hometown of Ardabil. It was built to honour the achievements of Rezazadeh and is one of the most modern and innovative indoor arenas in Iran today.
In early 2008 Rezazadeh participated in a television commercial promoting a real estate agency based in Dubai. His participation surprised many of his fans and was seen as demeaning to both himself and his country, given the promotion of buying estates in a land deemed as a rival. This eventually led to the decision of the Iranian Majles to ban any sort of sponsorship from any high profile Iranian - i.e. athlete, actor, singer - for any sort of product or service, due to the direct encouragement of product consumerism.
In 2008, Rezazadeh was advised by Dr. Mohammad Ali Shahi, his physician and medical athletic trainer, not to participate in the 2008 Olympics due to his severe hand injuries and his high blood pressure. To his fans' surprise and disappointment he officially announced in a letter read via National Iranian Television that he had accepted the advice. The next day Rezazdeh wrote another public letter announcing his retirement from professional weightlifting. He said "I am pretty sure that my fellow country men will repeat my accomplishments again and I hope my son Abulfazl will break my own records in future".
Immediately following his retirement Rezazdeh was appointed as the Prime Counselor for Iranian national weight lifting federation. However, instead of Rezazdeh, a young weightlifter Rashid Sharifi took part in 2008 Olympics gaining no place among the winners.
In September 2008, Rezazadeh was named manager and head coach of Iran's national weightlifting team. In January 2009, he was blamed for positive results of the steroid tests of four Iranian weightlifters. Later on, one of the team members, Saeid Alihosseini accused him of using steroids in 2006. Rezazadeh has publicly vowed to fight doping in Weightlifting. He was elected as a member of City Council of Tehran in 2013 local elections.
- Bodyweight: 162.95 kg (2004 Summer Olympics)
- Height: 6 foot 1 inch (1.86 metres)
- Snatch: 213 kg (469.6 lbs) in Qinhuangdao on September 14, 2003.
- Clean and Jerk: 263.5 kg (580.9 lbs) in Athens on August 25, 2004; (World record).
- Total: 472.5 kg (1,041.8 lbs) in Sydney on September 26, 2000; (World record).
|Year||Venue||Weight||Record (kg) / Rank|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||+105 kg||212.5 / 1||260.0 / 1||472.5 WR /|
|2004||Athens, Greece||+105 kg||210.0 / 1||263.5 WR / 1||472.5 /|
|1999||Athens, Greece||+105 kg||206.0 WR /||242.5 / 5||447.5 /|
|2002||Warsaw, Poland||+105 kg||210.0 /||263.0 WR /||472.5 /|
|2003||Vancouver, Canada||+105 kg||207.5 /||250.0 /||457.5 /|
|2005||Doha, Qatar||+105 kg||210 /||251 /||461 /|
|2006||Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.||+105 kg||202 /||246 /||448 /|
|1998||Bangkok, Thailand||+105 kg||187.5 / 3||227.5 / 3||415.0 /|
|2002||Busan, South Korea||+105 kg||200.0 GR / 1||240.0 GR / 1||440.0 GR /|
|2006||Doha, Qatar||+105 kg||195 / 1||230 / 1||425 /|
|1999||Wuhan, China||+105 kg||200.0 AR /||230.0 /||430.0 /|
|2003||Qinhuangdao, China||+105 kg||213.0 WR /||250.0 /||462.5 /|
|2005||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||+105 kg||200 /||260 /||460 /|
|World Junior Championships|
|1998||Sofia, Bulgaria||+105 kg||170.0 / 6||No mark||No mark|
Notes and references
- Erdbrink, Thomas (2008-07-26). "Iran's Stars, Erased From the Billboards". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
- "World's strongest man ready for more". Rediff.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
- "Iran's 'Hercules' out of Games", Al Jazeera, July 24, 2008
- "Rezazadeh named weightlifting manager". Tehran Times. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- ""سارانداليف" به جاي رضازاده تست داد". ISNA. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
- "Rezazadeh Hossein (IRI)". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2009-05-22.
- "World records: current". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
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