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Iranian powerlifter Rahman clinches 2017 Paralympic Sport Award

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Iranian Paralympic powerlifter Siamand Rahman

Iranian Paralympic powerlifter, Siamand Rahman, has received the 2017 Paralympic Sport Award in the Best Male category, thanks to his superb display of strength and prowess at various international tournaments.

During a ceremony on the sidelines of the 2017 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) General Assembly and Conference in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday evening, the 29-year-old Iranian sportsman took the honors and was decorated with the award.

Rahman is recognized as the world’s strongest Paralympian. He is the current IPC Powerlifting World Record holder in the over-107-kilogram weight category.

On September 14, 2016, Rahman benched 310 kilograms (682 pounds), breaking his own world record by a shocking 70 kilograms. He took his second consecutive Paralympic title with the result.

Visually-impaired Belarusian Paralympic swimmer, Ihar Boki, who set two new world records in the men's 100m butterfly S13 and 100m breaststroke SB13 divisions during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, was also among the contenders for the 2017 Paralympic Sport Award in the Best Male category.

Another contestant vying for the award was Marcel Eric Hug, who is a Paralympian athlete from Switzerland competing in category T54 wheelchair racing events.

Hug, nicknamed "The Silver Bullet," topped the podium with wins in the men's 800m and marathon T54 during the 2016 Summer Paralympics. He followed that up with silver in the 1,500m and 5,000m T54.

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