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Iran discus thrower ranks 5th at IAAF World Challenge

Tehran, 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.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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