Leila Rajabi

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Leila Rajabi
Leila Rajabi at the 2016 Summer Olympics 12.08.2016 01.jpg
Rajabi at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Birth name Tatsiana Ilyushchanka[1]
Nationality Belarus/Iran
Born (1983-04-18) April 18, 1983 (age 34)[2]
Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union[2]
Residence Bushehr, Iran[1]
Education Physical education[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Weight 110 kg (243 lb; 17 st 5 lb)[2]
Country  Belarus (2001–2007)
 Iran (2007–Present)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Shot put
Club Mokhaberat Bushehr[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 18.13 m (outdoor)[1]

Leila Rajabi (Persian: لیلا رجبی‎‎, born Tatsiana Ilyushchanka on 18 April 1983 in Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Naturalized Iranian shot putter of Belarusian origin.

She acquired Iranian citizenship and converted to Islam[1] after she married Iranian athlete Peiman Rajabi. She changed her name to "Leila Rajabi" and decided to represent Iran instead of her birthplace Belarus.[1][3] Rajabi immediately broke Iran national record in shot put, improving it about 3 metres and currently is the record holder.[1]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Belarus
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 5th 16.18 m
2005 European Cup First League Leiria, Portugal 2nd 17.19 m
European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 7th 16.49 m
2006 European Cup Winter Throwing Tel Aviv, Israel 6th 17.37 m
2007 European Cup Winter Throwing Yalta, Ukraine 4th 16.43 m
Representing  Iran
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 25th (q) 16.60 m
Asian Indoor Games Hanoi, Vietnam 1st 17.07 m
Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 3rd 16.71 m
2010 Asian Indoor Championships Tehran, Iran 1st 17.32 m (NR)
West Asian Championships Aleppo, Syria 1st
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 6th 16.51 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 3rd 16.60 m
2012 Asian Indoor Championships Hangzhou, China 2nd 17.51 m
World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 12th (q) 17.29 m
West Asian Championships Dubai, UAE 1st
Olympic Games London, England 21st (q) 17.55 m
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 2nd 18.18 m
Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 1st 17.02 m
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 2nd 17.80 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 18th (q) 17.04 m
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 4th 16.02 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 32nd (q) 16.34 m


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rostampour, Mehdi (1 August 2012). دختری از بلاروس که بوشهری شد [A girl from Belarus who became Bushehri]. BBC Persian (in Persian). Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d 2012 Olympics Official Profile
  3. ^ "Iranian shot putter Leila Rajabi complains about not having a coach". Tehran Times. January 13, 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 

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