HAFEZ: IRAN - "Stongest Olympian" 2012

HAFEZ: IRAN - "Stongest Olympian" 2012
by Hafez for Beginners

Congratulations - Behdad Salimi - IRAN age 22, on becoming the "Strongest Olympian" (Reuters) 2012.


چه مبارک سحری بود و چه فرخنده شبی

Cheh mobarak sahar-i boud o cheh farkhondeh shabi 

A blessed dawn followed an auspicious and promising night

Regardless of any political sways - watching this Persian Pahlavan being the best at his sport, was touching. These Olympics have shown how the "truth" in sport (something Sebastian Coe spoke about) shines among 205 countries. The honesty of sport, and the sportswomen and women has been a refreshing touch on our TV screens these past 11 days.

Congratulations again, Behdad Salimi on becoming the "Strongest Olympian" - London 2012.


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Esfand Aashena

Well don't have graphics but let's compare them to Alekseyev!

by Esfand Aashena on

Vasily Alekseyev was one of the greatest strongest man ever!  He died last year at the age of 69 and many Iranians should remember him from the 70s, the glory days of our very own Shah!

Before Rezazadeh came along and broke his records I believe he was the man to beat not to mention that during his career he shattered all the records and was the champion for the longest time.  Anyway, below are his records compared to Salimi and prior to him Rezazadeh:

Current world Records (WC):

Total:472 kg REZAZADEH Hossein  2000
WR (Snatch)  214 kg  SALIMIKORDASIABI Behdad  2011
WR (C&J)  263 kg  REZAZADEH Hossein  2004

Vasily Alekseyev's career best:
Snatch: 190 kg 1977
Clean and jerk: 256 kg 1977

Total 445 kg

Yesterday Salimi lifted 208 kg in snatch and 247 kg in clean and jerk for a total of 455 kg.  He had won the gold but he tried to lift 264 kg to break the WR but didn't make it, he could've lifted a third lift but opted out of it.  Hopefully soon he'll be able to break the World Record!

Everything is sacred

Hafez for Beginners

USA TODAY- funny!

by Hafez for Beginners on

Esfand Ashena:  Cool...thanks.  What if they did the same for weightlifting.

USA TODAY: Although the press and TV did very little coverage of "Strongest Olympian" win of Iran, kudos to USA TODAY for a hysterically funny article, comparing Bolt and Salimi:

"Stongest Man (Salimi) vs. Fastest Man (Bolt)" - USA TODAY




Forever Cheers!

by Demo on

Why only for one day? The real Pahlavans like our man Salimi or many like him in the past are going to be cheered @ all times. Same thing for the other men like Hafez, Rumi, and many others like the two. Rostam, unfortunately, is not a symbol of strength with his character described in Shahnameh. No antagonism but only an opinion.

Once again thanks much for your blog as it brings tears to the eyes of whoever true Iranians checking that out.


Esfand Aashena

Sorry I corrected the link, here it is ...

by Esfand Aashena on

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by Hafez for Beginners on

Yolanda: Those were funny too - that USA TODAY article was too clever... very funny!

Demo: Someone cheered on both Hafez and Rostam here - Iraj Khan a few notes ago. Do remember that Rostam symbolizes a synthesis of physical and moral/spiritual strength - ie. being a Pahlavan, was more than mere physical strengths. So cheering both Hafez and Rostam is very acceptable in my books. They don't have to be exactly the same.  Let's leave the spirit positive today,  if you don't mind. Leaving the antagonism for just one more day - one day of positivity and a chance to celebrate? Just one? I hope it's not too much to ask. Thank you. 



by yolanda on

Here is more quotes from USA Today:

Usain Bolt is a nightmare for fellow sprinters.

Behdad Salimikordasiabi is a nightmare for headline writers. (LOL!)

Bolt has been known as Lightning Bolt.

Salimikordasiabi goes by - thank heavens - Salimi.

With a winning time of 9.63, Bolt could outrun a cheetah.

With a winning lift of 544.5 pounds, Salimi could clean and jerk the entire American women's all-around gymnastics team. (LOL!)


Hafez vs Rostam

by Demo on

Hafez is for real and he is all about a beautiful 'spirit,' but Rostam is nothing more than a fictional character and is all about one's imaganition. No comparision between the two.

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QUOTES (funny)

by Hafez for Beginners on

Esfand Ashena: thanks for the post, but unfortunately, I couldn't open it.

Sportsmen have a "truth" to them that transcends politics. Sebastian Coe British Olympian, spoke of the "truth" of sports in the opening ceremonies. Below are som funny quotes from a very creative USA TODAY article.


USA TODAY quotes: "Strongest Man (Salimi) vs. Fastest Man (Bolt)":

When Bolt won, it seemed as if half the world was watching.

When Salimi won, it seemed as if half of Iran was in the weightlifting venue.



In Bolt's country, track is the Masters and Wimbledon and the World Cup.

In Salimi's country, weightlifting is the Super Bowl.



Bolt on his fans: "For me, crowd pleasing is a very important part of my races."

Salimi on his fans: "I send kisses to all of them."



For more - go to the USA Today article:





Esfand Aashena

Here's a nice graphic on how previous Olympians compare to Bolt!

by Esfand Aashena on


You are right

by Souri on

Yes, it makes more sense.

Hafez for Beginners

USA TODAY: Strongest Man vs. Fastest Man

by Hafez for Beginners on

USA TODAY: Strongest Man vs. Fastest Man:


Souri jan: Thanks - but the London 2012 official site goes by Gold ranking. I've heard different theories - but the official London 2012 website makes sense to me: 



Afsaneh jon

by Souri on

The ranking goes by the number of the medals multiplied in this way :

1 Gold = 3

1 Silver = 2

1 Bornz = 1

But i still can't understand the case of Australia becomin 14 in the rank, with a total of 24 medals ?!!!

Hafez for Beginners

"Rostam" - 12th out of 205 Nations

by Hafez for Beginners on

Khabedin and Iraj: Thanks - I am also wondering how it is that Iran is ranked 12th (out of  205 nations) this Olympics, and do look at the list of nations lagging behind Iran. It's a little surreal.  The ranking standard is to go by Gold, which is what the BBC and London 2012 go by - I think the US ranks by total medals - in either case, Iran's position is very surreal.

A little of "Rostam"s spirit - that's right... Very touching, whichever way you look at it, whatever your political persuasion. These are athletes and the world over, their passion comes from a place that transcends differences.


A sanction living nation,

by Khebedin on

A sanction living nation, producing such wonderful Olympic results and sending thousands of highly qualified medical doctors and Engineers to the western world who have difficulties producing their owns, amazing , don’t you think?

iraj khan


by iraj khan on

a proud moment for all Iranians.

They just can't shut our people down,

thanks for the link Afsaneh.

Long live Hafez and Rostam :)

Hafez for Beginners

New York Times

by Hafez for Beginners on

Mamour: I'm glad you enjoyed!

NEW YORK TIMES: "Strongest man in the world" - did an interesting "multi-media" segment, analysing the win:




air tight sanction was lifted up

by مآمور on

I watched BBC for one hour while my pc was on press tv. Amazingly, neither of those even mentioned Behdad's name!!

I feel so good this afternoon, we are  12th of the world and this is awesome!!

thanks for blog and that little poem!!

I wear an Omega watch

Hafez for Beginners


by Hafez for Beginners on

Demo: Sport and Poetry have "truths" to them that transcend. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.


Thank you

by Demo on

for your blog reflecting all genuine Iranians' joy & happiness with the news. Hafez's graceful poem next to the gold medal is just brilliant. May GOD bless all of us with such 'sport spirit.' Thanks again.