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Iranian discus thrower Samimi stands 16th in latest IAAF rankings

Tehran, July 15, IRNA -- Iranian discus thrower Abbas Samimi was placed in the 16th spot in the latest rankings released by the International Association of Athletics Federations Wednesday.

The Asian runner-up won 1,146 points, close to the heels of the top-placed Chinese thrower Fu Tao in the Asian zone.

Fu, who had already occupied the 14th spot was promoted to the 13th slot.

Samimi had ranked 53rd before he competed in the three-stage Asian grand prix.

The thrower, who has already booked a berth in 2004 Athens Olympic Games garnered three golds in the Asian GP.

He 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.

He won the gold medal in the second stage with a 63.77m throw in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 27.

The Iranian sensation broke his own and Iran's record for the second time in the Asian meet in the Philippines on July 1.

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

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

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