Behdad Salimikordasiabi - Weight Lifting
Born on August 12, 1989 in Iran, Behdad Salimikordasiabi is a professional weightlifter who will represent Iran in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Being from Iran, there isn’t a lot of information floating around about Behdad. He rarely speaks to reporters, and even if he did, he would be speaking to Iranian reporters and thus the information coming out would be filtered through the theocracy. Even still, the entire world will be made aware of Behdad’s athletic prowess in the Summer Games.
Standing 6ft 6in and weighing over 360 pounds, Behdad qualifies as a super heavyweight, and his lifting ability leaves little doubt that he lives up to the label even if he isn’t as large as some other competitors throughout the world. A latecomer to the scene, Behdad has impressed anyone lucky enough to see him compete.
The exact origins of Behdad Salimikordasiabi are unclear, but it’s a safe assumption that he didn’t roll out of bed one day and decide to be a professional weightlifter. This is something that men and women train for years to do, and judging by Behdad’s victories of late, he is unlikely to be any different in terms of approach and training ethic.
Behdad burst onto the scene in 2009 via the World Junior and Asian Championships, where he won three gold medals. It’s a bit humorous to anyone who has followed weightlifting around the world. In 2008, he was an unknown; but in 2009, he was breaking records and blowing away the competition. He came out of nowhere and doesn’t appear to be leaving any time soon.
His first attempt at the title in 2010 was a successful one, crushing Olympic gold medal winner Matthias Steiner. And if beating Steiner easily wasn’t exciting and amazing enough, Behdad did so while afflicted with the swine flu. He was actually collapsing from exhaustion during one of his clean and jerk lifts. Despite being sick and entering the competition underweight, he still demolished all comers.
Behdad would also break a world record lift set by fellow Iranian, two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Hossein Rezazadeh. This was en route to winning his second consecutive Asian Games title in 2011.
The world of professional weightlifting has yet to see anything quite like Behdad Salimikordasiabi. He has dominated every competition he has entered thus far, and most experts assume that his bid in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London will be no different. He will be challenged by all world competitors, not only Asian competitors, but with the way he’s lifting, it is certainly Behdad’s medal to lose.
- 2009 World Junior and Asian Championships – Gold (3)
- 2010 Asian Games – Gold
- 2011 Asian Games – Gold
- 2012 Summer Olympics – Gold