Sultan – Hands Like A Baby’s Ass

Now that I’m training semi-regularly again, my hands are thickening up.  They were once pretty hefty little meat bags but even at my best I was a long way off from Sultan Rakhmanov’s famous mitts.  The base of his hand when viewed from wrist to finger tips was described as round and thick as a baby’s ass:sultan rakhmanov's handThere’s a story about Rakhamanov casually loading a barbell by picking up plates by the hub and slamming them onto the bar.  I have my doubts, not about his ability, but because bumper plates even “back then” didn’t have hubs to speak of… as is clear in this photo of him preparing for a big pull:

497570 25.07.1980 Штангист Султан Рахманов на соревнованиях по тяжелой атлетике. Чемпион XXII Олимпийских игр в сверхтяжелом весе (в рывке 195 кг, в толчке 245 кг, набрал в двоеборье 440 кг). 19 июля - 3 августа 1980 года. Виталий Савельев/РИА Новости
497570 25.07.1980 Штангист Султан Рахманов на соревнованиях по тяжелой атлетике. Чемпион XXII Олимпийских игр в сверхтяжелом весе (в рывке 195 кг, в толчке 245 кг, набрал в двоеборье 440 кг). 19 июля – 3 августа 1980 года. Виталий Савельев/РИА Новости

Regardless, Sultan’s hands brought him to world victory in ’79 & ‘ 80 along with a gold the 1980 Olympics.Sultan Rak

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