Peiman Maheripourehir

Iran’s Peiman Maheripourehir has already got his home nation’s attention. In his second professional competition Maheripourehir defeated notable Iranian strongmen including Mohammad Ezatpour and Ramin Farajnejad and set new national deadlift record (437kg). He’s now looking to make a statement on the global stage.

Maheripourehir is the first Iranian to compete at WSM since Reza Gharaei qualified in 2006 but he’s not feeling the pressure yet. “I’ve been working hard for this since I was a teenager. It feels wonderful to be here and I’ll reach the finals no problem. I’m fit.”

The 29-year-old trains in Tehransar Gym in Tehran and has also competed in powerlifting competitions, recently winning the 2015 World Powerlifting Championship in Russia.