The world record holder in men’s Olympic weightlifting is Iran’s Hossein Rezazadeh. He managed to heave a staggering 263kg above his head in the clean and jerk at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Hossein and his weightlifter chums pack a serious amount of muscle into their sizeable frames. An intense training regime, high-calorie diet and some good old fashioned whey protein shakes are needed to make dreams of gold, silver and bronze a reality.
However there is a lighter side to weightlifting. Here are our favourite ‘effort faces’ of Olympic weightlifters, straining for success.