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Haddadi wins Iran's first ever Olympic medal in athletics
Tue Aug 7, 2012 10:43PM
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Ehsan Haddadi has won Iran's first ever Olympic medal in athletics by getting the silver in the men's discus throw competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Press TV reports.

Haddadi finished second with a 68.18-meter throw at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

Robert Harting of Germany won gold with a throw of 68.27 meters and Gerd Kanter of Estonia clinched bronze with a throw of 68.03 meters.

Haddadi had taken the lead in the first round with a throw of 68.18 meters while both Harting and Lithuania's Virgilius Alekna also put down markers in the opening salvo.

Kanter improved in every round and moved into second with his superb season's best effort in the penultimate round which pushed 40-year-old Alekna out of the medal positions.

Harting found his best form in the same round to throw his winning effort and Haddadi then replied with an enormous effort only to have it ruled out for a foot fault.

Iran currently stands in the 12th place of the Olympic table with a total of eight medals, four golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

China leads the standings with 34 golds and 73 medals. The United States is second with 30 golds among its 70 medals and England ranks third with 22 golds and 48 total medals.

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