Hossein Rezazadeh (Persian: حسین رضازاده, born 12 May 1978) 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. Rezazadeh has won the Iran Sportsperson of the Year award four times, more than any other athlete in the country's history.
|Member of City Council of Tehran|
3 September 2013 – 22 August 2017
|Born||12 May 1978|
|Political party||Front of Islamic Revolution Stability|
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||152 kg (335 lb)|
|Sports achievements and titles|
Before the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories in 2018, he held the world record in weightlifting's super heavyweight class in the clean and jerk. 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.
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 in the clean and jerk at the 2002 World Weightlifting Championships in Warszawa, Poland, 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 broken his records in the clean and jerk at the 2004 Summer Olympics again leading up to 263.5 kg (580.9 pounds). 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 was 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.
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.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||+105 kg||205.0||212.5||212.5||1||250.0||255.0||260.0||260.0||2||472.5|
|2004||Athens, Greece||+105 kg||200.0||207.5||210.0||210.0||1||250.0||263.5||262.5||1||472.5[a]|
|1999||Athens, Greece||+105 kg||200.0||206.0||205.0||242.5||242.5||5||447.5|
|2002||Warszawa, Poland||+105 kg||200.0||205.0||210.0||210.0||252.5||263.0||—||262.5||472.5|
|2003||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||+105 kg||200.0||207.5||207.5||250.0||—||250.0||457.5|
|2005||Doha, Qatar||+105 kg||201||205||210||210||251||—||251||461|
|2006||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||+105 kg||196||202||202||242||246||—||246||448|
|1998||Bangkok, Thailand||+105 kg||187.5||187.5||3||227.5||227.5||3||415.0|
|2002||Busan, South Korea||+105 kg||190.0||200.0||—||200.0||1||240.0||—||240.0||1||440.0|
|2006||Doha, Qatar||+105 kg||185||190||195||195||1||230||—||—||230||1||425|
|1999||Wuhan, China||+105 kg||200.0||200.0||230.0||230.0||430.0|
|2003||Qinhuangdao, China||+105 kg||200.0||213.0||—||212.5||250.0||—||—||250.0||462.5|
|2005||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||+105 kg||200||200||260||260||460|
|World Junior Championships|
|1998||Sofia, Bulgaria||+105 kg||160.0||170.0||170.0||6||—||—||—||—|
|Snatch||206.0||Athens||World Championships||28 November 1999|
|Snatch||212.5||Sydney||Olympic Games||26 September 2000|
|Total||467.5||Sydney||Olympic Games||26 September 2000|
|Total||472.5||Sydney||Olympic Games||26 September 2000|
|Clean & jerk||263.0||Warszawa||World Championships||26 November 2002|
|Snatch||213.0||Qinhuangdao||Asian Championships||14 September 2003|
|Clean & jerk||263.5||Athens||Olympic Games||25 August 2004|
Notes and referencesEdit
- a Before May 1, 2005 the totals in weightlifting were calculated by adding the result from the snatch and clean & jerk to the nearest 2.5 kg. This is why his 2004 Olympic performance adds up as 472.5 kg. 473.5 is not divisible by 2.5, thus it is rounded down to 472.5.
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