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Siamand Rahman named July's Allianz Athlete of the Month
The Iranian proved his status as the strongest Paralympian in the world after lifting 295kg at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. With the feat, Rahman has now broken the men's over 107kg world record eight times in the span of 15 months, including three times each at the World Championships in April 2014 and October's Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. He is expected to save the big lift of 300kg for the big stage at Rio 2016.
Rahman collected an overwhelming 81 per cent of July's votes. Also nominated in this month's polls were Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias (8 per cent), British sprinter Sophie Hahn (2 per cent), Rwandan sitting volleyball player Lilian Mukobwankabo (5 per cent) and British wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley (4 per cent).
The previous winners from 2015 were:
January - Andrew Soule, USA, nordic skiing
February - Chris Vos, the Netherlands, snowboard
March - Maksym Nikolenko, Ukraine, table tennis
April - Nigel Murray, Great Britain, boccia
May - Martina Caironi, Italy, athletics
June - Eduard Ramonov, Russia, football 7-a-side
International Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organises the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to develop sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organisation formed and run by 176 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.
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