|Born||May 6, 1982|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (260 lb)|
|Coached by||Yury Kuskunov|
|Updated on 23 July 2012.|
Dilshod Nazarov (born 6 May 1982) is a Tajikistani track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. He has represented his country at the Olympic Games on three occasions (in 2004, 2008 and 2012).
He has competed four times at the World Championships in Athletics (2005 to 2011), but has been most successful at regional competitions: he won medals at four consecutive Asian Athletics Championships and was the hammer champion at the Asian Games in 2006 and 2010. He won his first global medal (a silver) in 2010 at the IAAF Continental Cup.
His personal best for the event is 80.71 metres, set in 2013, which is the Tajik national record.
Born in Dushanbe, his first noteworthy international result was a bronze medal at the 1997 West Asian Games. He made his debut on the global stage at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics, but he did not reach the final. His first continental gold medal came at the 1999 Asian Junior Athletics Championships. He took fifth place at the 2000 World Junior Championships, an event won by 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Eşref Apak, and repeated as the continental junior champion at the 2001 Asian Junior Athletics Championships.
Nazarov then finished fourth at the 2002 Asian Championships in Colombo, and won a bronze medal the next year in Manila in a contest won by Ali Mohamed Al-Zinkawi of Kuwait. He took part in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games and managed to win the silver medal behind South African thrower Chris Harmse. Another medal came at the 2003 Central Asian Games in Dushanbe, where he took the hammer gold for the hosts.
Olympic debut and Asian medals
Participating in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he got no mark in the qualifying round and thus failed to make it through to the second round. He started the next year with an appearance at the 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games, where he took his country's sole gold medal of the tournament. In June 2005 he threw a new personal best of 77.63 metres in Almaty. At the 2005 World Championships he was again knocked out in the qualifying round, but at the 2005 Asian Championships in Incheon Nazarov won a silver medal, again behind Al-Zinkawi.
At the 2006 Asian Games Nazarov finally won a gold medal, overcoming Ali Mohamed Al-Zinkawi who had held the lead until the fifth and penultimate round. Al-Zinkawi was the pre-event favourite, having a season (and career) best of 76.97 metres while Nazarov only had a season best of 70.03 metres from Istanbul in June. The absence of 2004 Olympic champion Koji Murofushi was noted; nonetheless, Nazarov's gold medal was celebrated as the first gold medal of Tajikistan at the Asian Games in any sport. In addition it was their first Asian Games medal of any kind in athletics. Another famous hammer thrower, Andrey Abduvaliyev, did compete for Tajikistan from 1991 to 1997, winning gold medals at the World Championships in 1993 and 1995. When he won his first and only Asian Games medal, a silver at the 1998 edition, he did so as an Uzbekistani citizen. Commenting on the victory, Nazarov stated that "This is a big victory for my country".
The next year Nazarov participated in his second World Championships, but did not make it to the final round. At the 2007 Asian Championships, he won the silver medal, again behind Al-Zinkawi, this time by only one centimetre. He also improved his personal best throw to 78.89 metres, in June in Dushanbe. In 2008 he improved further, to 79.05 at a June meet in Almaty. At the 2008 Olympic Games he finished eleventh in the final.
He set a new national hammer throw record of 79.28 m in Uberlândia, Brazil. The record, set in May 2009, was enough to bring him victory over Olympic champion Primož Kozmus. He finished eleventh again at the global level at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. He improved to fifth place at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final however. He won his first continental title at the end of the year, finally beating Al-Zinkawi at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships after a series of second place finishes.
The following year, he improved his hammer best to 80.11 m at the Tajikistan national championships in June. Representing Asia-Pacific, he came second at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, finishing just behind newly crowned European Champion Libor Charfreitag. He was also runner-up in the inaugural IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge series having a combined score of 236.02 to finish behind Koji Murofushi. He repeated that placing for the second IAAF Hammer Challenge in 2011, this time finishing behind Hungary's Krisztián Pars. Nazarov placed tenth in the final at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and ended the year with his first throw over eighty metres, recording 80.30 m to win at the Hanzekovic Memorial.
Nazarov performed less well in the 2012 season and his best throw that year was 77.70 m. He still managed to place tenth at the 2012 London Olympics, but he was down in fifth on the IAAF Challenge circuit. He rebounded at the start of 2013 by setting a personal best of 80.71 m to win at the Hallesche Werfertage meet.
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