Iran discus thrower ranks 5th at IAAF World Challenge

Tehran, June 13, IRNA – Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi ranked 5th at International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Challenge held in Czech Republic.

Haddadi with a throw of 64.45 meter took the fifth place in the international competitions.

This is while discuss throwers from Lithuania, Jamaica, Germany and Austria ranked 1st to -4th respectively.

After winning 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and 2011 Asian Championship in Kobe, Haddadi made history by becoming the first Iranian athlete to win a medal at IAAF World Championships in Athletics. He won bronze in 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu.

Haddadi competed and won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a 68.18 m throw. Iranian athletes have participated in the Olympic Games since 1948 and before Haddadi's silver medal, had only attained medals in wrestling, weightlifting, and taekwondo. His achievement was a milestone in Iran's Olympic history in that it ended Iran's 64-year-old medal drought in events other than the aforementioned.

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