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Samimi improves Iran discus record again

Tehran, July 1, IRNA -- Discus thrower Abbas Samimi broke his own and Iran's record for the second time in the Asian grand prix in the Philippines Thursday.

The Iranian athlete improved his newly-set record by 81cm with a 64.98m throw in the third stage of the GP in the capital city Manila.

Samimi, who has already booked a berth in 2004 Athens Olympic Games garnered three golds in the three-stage Asian event while his teammate Sajjad Moradi took three silvers in 1,500m running race.

Moradi clocked 3min 46sec, finishing runner-up to his Saudi Arabian rival Thursday.

Samimi improved his previous and the country's record by 1.57m in the first stage in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on June 23, setting a 64.17m record.

Moradi took a silver medal in the first stage.

The duo won two colorful medals in the second stage in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday.

Samimi snatched the discus gold with a 63.77m throw.

Samimi won four golds in the previous edition, winning the title and a purse of 12,000 dollars.

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