Hossein Reza Zadeh (born May 12, 1978) is an Iranian weightlifter and the strongest man in the world. He was born in Ardabil, Iran, the third of seven children. At the age of 15, he took up weightlifting after being encouraged by his gym teacher.
Nicknamed "The Iranian Hercules," he is the current record holder in weightlifting, holding the world records in his class in the snatch , clean and jerk and total. He is the first Iranian athlete to have won two Olympic gold medals. He is also one of Iran's most noted celebrities, frequently appearing on television and in the news; his wedding in February of 2003 was broadcast live on television in Iran.