On May 7, in Bangkok, Thailand, Iranian para powerlifter Roohallah Rostami bench pressed 241kg (531.3lb) to break the men’s 80kg world record at the 2021 Para Powerlifting World Cup. 

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Rostami’s Amazing Feat of Strength

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Georgia’s Iago Gorgodze took silver and Gani Issentemirov of Kazakhstan bronze. Iran walked away from the competition with three gold medalists in total.

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After three attempts, Rostami beat the previous record, held by Majid Farzin (also of Iran), by one kilogram. Farzin earned 240 kg record lift at 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and held it for almost five years.

World Para Powerlifting described the scene

After few seconds of silence, judges confirmed Rostami’s world record, with the Iranian star effusively celebrating with his coach and helping his country’s end the competition top of the medal standings with an overall five golds and two silvers.

Malaysia’s Bonnie Bunyau Gustin tried to overcome Rostami but came up short:

Malaysia’s world champion Bonnie Bunyau Gustin won the men’s up to 72kg following a successful 226kg lift in the third round. He aimed even further and tried to break Rostami’s world record in this category but failed in his fourth lift.

Rostami’s holds another record for his 229kg (505lb) bench press in the 72kg class at the 2018 Asia Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he won a gold medal.

Rostami has built a history of accomplishments since his international Para powerlifting debut in 2009. He won his first silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games in the 67.5kg class. Rostami then won silver medals at the 2014 Para Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai and the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, in the 72kg class. His 2014 silver model was stripped due to an ant-doping violation, according to BarBend. In the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, he won a gold medal for his 236kg (520.3lb) lift. 

The powerlifter has his sights set winning his first Paralympic gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

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A video of the mammoth lift

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