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Hossein Rezazadeh

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.

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) 12 May 1978 (age 41)
Ardabil, Iran
Political partyFront of Islamic Revolution Stability
Sports career
Personal information
Nationality Iranian
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight152 kg (335 lb)[1]
SportWeightlifting
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)

Weightlifting careerEdit

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.[2]

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."[3][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 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.[2]

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 careerEdit

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

Major resultEdit

[9][10]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Result Rank 1 2 3 Result Rank
Olympic Games
2000   Sydney, Australia +105 kg 205.0 210.0 212.5 212.5 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 1 250.0 263.5 263.5 262.5 1 472.5[a]  
World Championships
1999   Athens, Greece +105 kg 200.0 200.0 206.0 205.0   242.5 252.5 252.5 242.5 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 200.0 207.5 213.5 207.5   250.0 263.5 250.0   457.5  
2005   Doha, Qatar +105 kg 201 205 210 210   251 263 251   461  
2006   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic +105 kg 196 202 206 202   242 246 246   448  
Asian Games
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 1 240.0 263.0 240.0 1 440.0  
2006   Doha, Qatar +105 kg 185 190 195 195 1 230 230 1 425  
Asian Championships
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 160.0 170.0 172.5 170.0 6 205.0 210.0 210.0

World recordsEdit

[11][12]

Discipline Result (kg) Location Competition Date
+105 kg
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.[13]
  1. ^ a b "Hossein Rezazadeh". persian-fighters.com. Persian Fighters. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Erdbrink, Thomas (2008-07-26). "Iran's Stars, Erased From the Billboards". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  3. ^ "World's strongest man ready for more". Rediff.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-01.
  4. ^ "Great Olympic Moments: Iranian weightlifter Hossein Rezazadeh dominates Sydney and Athens Games". www.telegraph.co.uk. 2012-07-06.
  5. ^ "Iran's 'Hercules' out of Games". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 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. ^ 2004 Summer Olympics: +105 kg Men
  11. ^ "IWF annual book 2007" (PDF). International Weightlifting Federation.
  12. ^ "World records: current". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  13. ^ "IWF News May 1st 2005". IWF.net. Archived from the original on 2005-05-26. Retrieved September 11, 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
New Award
Iran Sportsperson of the year
2000
Succeeded by
Hassan Rangraz
Preceded by
Hassan Rangraz
Iran Sportsperson of the year
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Hadi Saei
Preceded by
Hadi Saei
Iran Sportsperson of the year
2005
Succeeded by
Morad Mohammadi
Ehsan Haddadi