+105 KG: WHO IS THE STRONGEST MAN ON EARTH?
After Hossein Rezazadeh, who has dominated this category since the late 1990s and pocketed two Olympic gold medals (2000, 2004), announced his withdrawal decision shortly before the start of Beijing 2008, the door was suddenly wide open, and every top lifter had a shot for the title of “world’s strongest man.”
||Most heavily favored is Latvia’s Viktors Scerbatihs, a 33-year-old lawmaker who finished second at Athens. Freshly crowned in last year’s World Championships, in-form Scerbatihs is considered the front-runner for gold. Germany’s Matthias Steiner (Winner of the test event in Beijing), Russia’s Evgeny Chigishev and Artem Udachyn (UKR) are also liable to give Scerbatihs a run for his money. Qatar’s Jaber Saeed Salem announced his withdrawal decision shortly before the Games started.|
Also worth mentioning is Maama Lolohea of Tonga, because he is the oldest male weightlifter at the Beijing Olympic. the 40-year-old Tongan is competing in his first Games.