July 26, 2004
Ehsan Hadadi wins historical gold for Iran in Grosseto
By IAAF, IranSportsPress.Com
Grosseto, Jul 19, 2004 - When 19-year-old Ehsan Hadadi
released a 62.14 metres throw to clinch gold in the Discus Throw
final at the IAAF World
Junior Championships here in Grosseto he not only became a hero for his country
he also became a hero for the sport of athletics.
Born and raised in Teheran, Hadadi became the first man from
Iran to win a medal at any global athletics competition following
a superb competition in
took the lead with his third round effort of 60.01.
Going into the final three rounds, the Asian Junior champion
from Ipoh last June strengthened his lead with an effort of 62.14,
just 10 centimetres off his personal
The gold medal was secured and Hadadi would make headlines in all thirteen
sports newspapers back in Iran.
"Athletics is very popular in Iran, a lot of
young kids practice the sport. But track and field is nothing compared to
football which is everywhere in Iran.
After football, the most popular sports are weightlifting and wrestling so
this gold is historical for us," said the team leader of Iran
in very poor English.
The eldest of three siblings, Hadadi enjoys recounting how he
came to the sport three years ago when he accidentally broke a
glass window while throwing stones
in his backyard.
"That's how it all began," he laughs surrounded by his coach,
his agent and Iran?s team leader. >>> See
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