Ehsan Haddadi

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Ehsan Haddadi
Personal information
Born (1985-01-20) January 20, 1985 (age 29)
Tehran
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Sport
Country  Iran
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Updated on 12 August 2012.

Ehsan Haddadi (Persian: احسان حدادی‎, born 20 January 1985 in Tehran)[1] is an Iranian discus thrower. He is 193 cm and 127 kg.[2]

The 2004 Asian Junior Champion, he won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto, becoming the first Iranian to win a medal at any global athletics competition. In 2005 he won the Asian Championships in Incheon with a throw of 65.25 metres. In December 2006, he added another gold medal to his record, winning the title at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar.[3] In 2007, he won the Asian Championships in Amman and defended his title.

His personal best throw is 69.32 metres, achieved on June 3, 2008 in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the current Asian record. Because of his good performance over the whole season 2008 he was considered a medal contender entering the 2008 Summer Olympics but he ranked 17th with a 61.34 meters throw and failed to qualify for the final, Haddadi blamed his poor results on his injuries.[4]

After more than a year's absence due to shoulder surgery, In November 2009, he won his third in a row continental title in Guangzhou.[5]

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.[6]

Haddadi competed and won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a 68.18m throw.[7] Iranian athletes have participated in the Olympic Games since 1948 and before Haddadi's silver medal, have only attained medals in wrestling, weightlifting, and taekwondo. His achievement is a milestone in Iran's Olympic history in that it ended Iran's 64 year-old medal drought in events other than the aforementioned.

Haddadi offered his silver medal to children with cancer, and travelled to Azerbaijan to gather fund for the 2012 earthquakes' victims.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2003 Asian Championships Manila, Philippines 8th 54.40 m
2004 Asian Junior Championships Ipoh, Malaysia 1st 62.24 m*
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 62.14 m*
2005 Islamic Solidarity Games Mecca, Saudi Arabia 3rd 58.66 m
Asian Championships Incheon, South Korea 1st 65.25 m
West Asian Games Doha, Qatar 1st 63.63 m
2006 World Cup Athens, Greece 2nd 62.60 m
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 1st 63.79 m
2007 Asian Championships Amman, Jordan 1st 65.38 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 64.53 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 17th 61.34 m
2009 Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 1st 64.83 m
2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd 64.55 m
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 1st 67.99 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 1st 62.27 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 66.08 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 68.18 m
2013 Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 1st 66.03 m
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st 65.11 m

* 1.750 kg discus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ehsan Haddadi Biography & Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Iranian Ehsan eyes historic athletics medal in discus". The Star Online. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Men's Discus Throw Final". DohaAsianGames.org. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Olympics: Iran's medal hopeful Haddadi fails to qualify for discus". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  5. ^ "OIranian duo win gold and silver in Asian Athletics Championship". Retrieved 2010-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Discus thrower Hadadi wins bronze in World Championship". Mehr News. 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ehsan Hadadi Earned The Silver Medal in Men’s Discus". Kabir News. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Hossein Rezazadeh
Iran Sportsperson of the year
2006
Shared with
Morad Mohammadi
Succeeded by
Hamid Sourian