World Strongest Man competition in the Olympics is today!

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World Strongest Man competition in the Olympics is today!
by Esfand Aashena
07-Aug-2012
 

Today is the competition for earning the title of the World Strongest Man! 

A little while ago there was an article An Iranian Olympian carries the weight of a nation about the current World Champion, Behdad SalimiKordasiabi and his quest for his first Olympic medal.  In 2011 he broke the World Record in Snatch and is the current WR holder at 214 KG.  All other World Records for the super heavyweight division are held by Hossein RezaZadeh (an Ahmadinejad supporter no less ;-).

Here's an excerpt from the Christian Science Monitor:

Up close, the "world's strongest man" doesn't look as if he's been mislabeled. Behdad Salimi is built like a small warehouse. His neck and head seem to be the same appendage. His arms are bigger than most people's thighs. His thighs ... well, just use your imagination, then double it.

Yet when he shakes hands, he is uncommonly gentle. In fact, for a man who can lift the equivalent of three people over his head, he seems downright genial.

Until he grips a barbell, that is. Suddenly, his jaw tightens. His face contorts. Then he lets out a primal shriek – "ya Ali molaye man" (oh Ali, my leader) – and makes unfathomable amounts of tonnage defy gravity. 

Just like the World Fastest Man competition, the World Strongest Man competition is another main event at the Olympics!  I hope he not only wins the gold and get the title again but he shouts "ya Ali molaye man" several times just to annoy some people who get annoyed by these things!  

You can watch the live scoreboard and results here.

Photo caption:  22 year old World Chamption and his wife.

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   I can't believe that NBC did not give Iranian gold medalist any air time, but gave the loser so much coverage!

Salimi is only 22 years old, he can compete in 2 more Olympic games!

He got a pretty wife too!


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As for trying to tie these Olympians' accomplishments to the late Shah it is such a pitty, or should I say petty! 

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I watched NBC Olympic coverage from 8:00 to 12:00, it did not show the Iranian won the gold for weightlifting, but it showed the barbell hit German weightlifter's neck! Unbelievable!


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Shlomo loves the Shah!


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Thank you, Faramarz!

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WOW! That was exciting following the live scores and the strategies that each athlete deployed to get the medals!  South Korean guy is 4th.

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Salimi is tied in his Snatch with 208 kg.  Going conservative after his Russian competitor lifted 208 right before him.

Sajjad Anoushiravani Hamlabad the second Iranian weightlifter in this division lifted 204 kg the 3rd heaviest in the Snatch. 

It was very close and very exciting to follow each of the 3 lifts by each athlete!

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I could bench more than that! 

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