Date : 17 May 2019
Tehran, Iran, May 17, 2019: Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Hadadi has set his sights on a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, reports the Tehran Times.
Hadadi, 34, won a gold medal at the 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in April. The gentle giant released a 65.95m championships record to collect his sixth continental title.
Hadadi, who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics with a 68.18m throw, also claimed a bronze medal at the Doha 2019 IAAF Diamond League meet with a throw of 66.78m.
With the Olympics in Tokyo just over a year away, Hadadi has set his sights high.
“I’ve won medals in the recent competitions and I am grateful to God; however, I am not completely ready. I think I secured the Olympic quota place at 80 per cent of my full capability,” Hadadi said.
“I will now prepare for the Stockholm Bauhaus Athletics (Diamond League) slated for May 30. I think I can win a gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 69m throw. The Olympic record for the longest discus throw is 69.89 meters. I believe that throwing 70 meters is possible. I am following my dreams,” Hadadi went on to say.
“There's not much time left and I need to be supported because I want to get the best result in the Olympics,” the thrower continued.
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