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Iran finishes historical 14th at IAAF World Junior Track-and-Field Championships

Rome, July 20, IRNA -- Iran finished a historical 14th in the medal table of the 10th IAAF World Junior Track-and-Field Championships in Grosseto, Italy.

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 ... --

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