Siamand Rahman: I will never forget Bahman Golbarnezhad

December 12, 2016 - 15:16

Iran's Siamand Rahman, the world's strongest Paralympian, says that to lose Para-cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad is one of the worst events in his life.

The 48-year-old C4/C5 competitor was Iran’s sole cyclist at the Rio Paralympic Games and died in an accident.

“I have so many memories of Bahman. It is impossible for me to forget him. I couldn't sleep at night when I heard that. That was one of the worst events for me as well as for the entire Paralympic community. I will never forget him,” Rahman told

Rahman lifted an unprecedented 310kg to claim the coveted gold medal in the men’s over 107kg in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

He set a new world record and claimed his second consecutive Paralympic gold.

“I’m going to continue and make my people proud. But I like an Iranian powerlifter to break my record in the future,” Rahman told

“Rio Paralympic 2016 was very hard for me since I promised I would lift more than 300kg. I was under pressure since everyone asked me if I am ready to lift more than 300kg. It made my task harder but I am happy now to do that,” Rahman said.

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