Iranian nurse Javad Foroughi wins Olympic gold in men's shooting

2021-07-26 16:47:17
Iranian nurse Javad Foroughi wins Olympic gold in men's shooting

Javad Foroughi became the oldest Iranian athlete to win an Olympic medal, earning gold in men's 10-meter air pistol.

Foroughi set an Olympic record with 244.8 points, finishing 6.9 ahead of silver medalist Damir Mikec of Serbia. China's Pang Wei, the 2008 gold medalist, took bronze.

The 41-year-old Foroughi surpasses weightlifter Mahmoud Namdjou, who was 38 when he took bronze at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

It was Iran’s first medal in shooting in the history of Olympics. Iran delegation is made up of 66 athletes in 16 sports in Tokyo.

Foroughi was born on September 11, 1979 in Dehloran, in Ilam Province. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2002 when and is currently a nurse at a Tehran hospital.

Additionally, he has excelled in the recitation and memorization of the holy Qur'an since he was 11 years old.

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