Previously Iran had been only represented in the 1990 edition of the world junior event with Hossein Shayan clearing 2.05m in the high jump.
At the senior level. Ehsan Mohajer-Shojaei advanced to the semifinals of last year's world meet in Paris.
But discus thrower Haddadi became a hero not only for his country but for the athletics world.
The Iranian sensation grabbed the coveted gold with a 62.14m throw, helping Iran -- backed up by Mehdi Shahrokhi's fourth title at the shot put -- stand 14th among 186 participating teams.
Haddadi will be awarded a bonus of 5,000 dollars and a Peugeot 206.
... Payvand News - 7/20/04 ... --