Hossein Rezazadeh

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Hossein Rezazadeh
Hossein Rezazadeh by Mardetanha 4014.JPG
Member of City Council of Tehran
In office
3 September 2013 – 22 August 2017
Personal details
Born (1978-05-12) May 12, 1978 (age 40)
Ardabil, Iran
Political party Front of Islamic Revolution Stability
Sports career
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) +105 kg
Sports achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 213 kg (2003)
  • Clean and jerk: 263.5 kg (2004, WR)
  • Total: 472.5 kg (2000)
Hossein Rezazadeh in 2012

Hossein Rezazadeh (Persian: حسین رضازاده‎, born May 12, 1978 in Ardabil, Iran) is an Iranian politician and retired Olympic weightlifter. Rezazadeh is a two-time Olympic champion, four-time World Weightlifting champion, and five-time Asian champion. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. An ethnic Azeri,[2] Rezazadeh has won the Iran Sportsperson of the Year award four times, more than any other athlete in the country's history.

Weightlifting career[edit]

As of July 2016, Rezazadeh holds the world record in weightlifting's super heavyweight class in the clean and jerk, and total. 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 holy city of Mecca, in February 2003 was broadcast live on state television in Iran.[3]

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, British Columbia, 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."[4]

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.[3]

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.[5] 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.

In September 2008, Rezazadeh was named manager and head coach of Iran's national weightlifting team.[6] 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.[7] Rezazadeh has publicly vowed to fight doping in weightlifting.[8]

Political career[edit]

Rezazadeh was elected as a member of City Council of Tehran in 2013 local elections.


Physical profile[edit]

  • Bodyweight: 162.95 kg (2004 Summer Olympics)[9]
  • Height: 6 foot 1 inch (1.86 metres)

Personal records[edit]

Discipline Result (kg) Location Competition Record Date
+105 kg
Snatch 213 China Qinhuangdao 2003 Asian Championships 14 September 2003
Clean & jerk 263.5 Greece Athens 2004 Olympic Games WR 25 August 2004
Total 472.5 Australia Sydney 2000 Olympic Games WR[10] 26 September 2000

Major result[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Result Rank 1 2 3 Result Rank
Olympic Games
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia +105 kg 205 210 212.5 212.5 1 250 255 260 260 2 472.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2004 Greece Athens, Greece +105 kg 200 207.5 210 210[11] 1 250 263.5 263.5 262.5 1 472.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships
1999 Greece Athens, Greece +105 kg 200 200 206 205 2nd, silver medalist(s) 242.5 252.5 252.5 242.5 5 447.5 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2002 Poland Warszawa, Poland +105 kg 200 205 210 210 1st, gold medalist(s) 252.5 263 -- 262.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 472.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2003 Canada Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada +105 kg 200 207.5 213.5 207.5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 250 263.5 -- 250 1st, gold medalist(s) 457.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2005 Qatar Doha, Qatar +105 kg 201 205 210 210 2nd, silver medalist(s) 251 263 -- 251 1st, gold medalist(s) 461 1st, gold medalist(s)
2006 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic +105 kg 196 202 206 202 1st, gold medalist(s) 242 246 -- 246 1st, gold medalist(s) 448 1st, gold medalist(s)
Asian Games
1998 Thailand Bangkok, Thailand +105 kg 187.5 187.5 3 227.5 227.5 3 415 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2002 South Korea Busan, South Korea +105 kg 190 200 -- 200 1 240 263 -- 240 1 440 1st, gold medalist(s)
2006 Qatar Doha, Qatar +105 kg 185 190 195 195 1 230 -- -- 230 1 425 1st, gold medalist(s)
Asian Championships
1999 China Wuhan, China +105 kg 200 200 1st, gold medalist(s) 230 230 1st, gold medalist(s) 430 1st, gold medalist(s)
2003 China Qinhuangdao, China +105 kg 213 212.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 250 250 1st, gold medalist(s) 462.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2005 United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates +105 kg 200 200 1st, gold medalist(s) 260 260 1st, gold medalist(s) 460 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Junior Championships
1998 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria +105 kg 160 170 172.5 170 6 205 210 210 -- -- -- --

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hossein Rezazadeh". persian-fighters.com. Persian Fighters. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Azeris by Country of Citizenship: // General Books LLC, 2010. ISBN 1158049366
  3. ^ a b Erdbrink, Thomas (2008-07-26). "Iran's Stars, Erased From the Billboards". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  4. ^ "World's strongest man ready for more". Rediff.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Iran's 'Hercules' out of Games", Al Jazeera, July 24, 2008
  6. ^ "Rezazadeh named weightlifting manager". Tehran Times. 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  7. ^ ""سارانداليف" به جاي رضازاده تست داد". ISNA. 2010-01-26. Archived from the original on 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  8. ^ http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=210410
  9. ^ "Rezazadeh Hossein (IRI)". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  10. ^ "World records: current". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  11. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics: +105 kg Men

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Iran Sportsperson of the year
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Hassan Rangraz
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Hassan Rangraz
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Hadi Saei
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