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Iran's Shot Putter Seals Olympic Berth

Source: Press TV

Iran's shot put record-holder Amin Nikfar Iran's record-holder shot putter Amin Nikfar has smashed the country's record in the Toronto International Track and Field Games to secure an Olympic berth

Amin Nikfar
Amin Nikfar

Nikfar's third throw in the games flew an impressive 20 meters and 5 centimeters to set a new national record and hand Iran a place in the World Championships and the Olympics, ISNA reported on Thursday.

Nikfar's first, fourth and sixth attempts were disallowed as foul throws. His second and fifth throws, however, measured 19.60 and 19.85 meters respectively.

The Iranian athlete stood second in the Toronto Games after Canada's Dylan Armstrong, who managed a throw of 21.23 meters. American Justin Rodhe ranked third with a throw of 19.52 meters.

Nikfar, competing under the Iranian flag in the competition, currently resides in the United States.

He had previously won two gold medals in the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam and the 2004 Asian Indoor Championships in the Iranian capital, Tehran, as well as a silver medal in the 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Iran's last shot put record, held by Nikfar himself, was 19.97 meters.

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