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Iran Olympic Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Iran at Rio Olympics The Islamic Republic of Iran has participated in the summer Olympics every year since 1948. As with every other year, Iranian athletes are ready for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August. Iran will take part in 13 categories, and most of them involve male participants. These events include archery, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, and shooting. Iran has also signed up for wrestling, weight lifting, taekwondo, and table tennis. They have so far achieved qualifying standards in a couple of athletic events and are still working on the rest.

History of Iran in Summer Olympics

Iran has participated in the Summer Olympics in every edition since 1948 apart from 1980 and 1984. They founded their national Olympic committee in 1947 and have since been dedicated to ensuring that their athletes are internationally recognized. The first Iranian athlete to compete in the summer Olympics was a fencer - Freydoun Malkom - in 1900.

Iran's Major achievements in Summer Olympics

Since its players began participating in the Olympics, Iran has won a total of 60 medals. The Iranian athletes have excelled in wrestling, athletics, weightlifting and taekwondo. They have won 15 gold medals, 20 silver and 25 bronze medals. The 2012 London Olympics saw the youngest Iranian athletes participate and win the most medals in the history of the Middle East. Finishing at number 17, Iran won 12 medals overall and the first gold medal in wrestling.

Iran's Participation in 2016 Rio Olympics

A strong delegation of 53 athletes chosen by the National Olympic Committee of Iran is expected to reach its peak at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Top on the list of expected participants is the Greco-Roman wrestler Hamid Sourian Reihanpour.

The men's national volleyball team will also play part, thanks to their unbeaten streak. Other athletes include Zahra Nemati in archery, MahsaJavar in Rowing, Mojtaba Abedini in Fencing and Pouria Norouzian in Shooting. Men's Table Tennis events will be handled by the likes of Nima Alamian while Neda Shahsavari will try her luck in Women's Table Tennis.

The 2016 Games in Numbers

  • Sports : 14
  • Athletes Participating : 63
  • Events : 46

Iran Olympic Athletes at 2016 Summer Olympics

Athletes NameSports
Zahra NematiArchery
Ehsan RouzbahaniBoxing
Ghader Mizbani IranaghCycling - Road
Samad PourseyediCycling - Road
Arvin Moazemi GoudarziCycling - Road
Mojtaba AbediniFencing
Ali PakdamanFencing
Javad MahjoubJudo
Alireza KhojastehJudo
Saeid MollaeiJudo
Mahsa JavarRowing
Najmeh KhedmatiShooting
Elaheh AhmadiShooting
Mahlagha JambozorgShooting
Pourya NorouziyanShooting
Golnoush SebghatollahiShooting
Arya Nasimi ShadSwimming
Neda ShahsavariTable tennis
Noshad AlamiyanTable tennis
Nima AlamianTable tennis
Kimia Alizadeh ZenoorinTaekwondo
Farzan AshourzadehTaekwondo
Mehdi KhodabakhshiTaekwondo
Sajjad MardaniTaekwondo
Leila RajabiTrack & field
Hassan TaftianTrack & field
Ehsan HaddadiTrack & field
Reza GhasemiTrack & field
Kaveh MousaviTrack & field
Mahmoud SamimiTrack & field
Mohammad ArzandehTrack & field
Mohammad Jafar MoradiTrack & field
Pejman GhalenouiTrack & field
Hamid Reza ZouravandTrack & field
Mir Saeid MarouflakraniVolleyball
Mohammad MousaviVolleyball
Shahram MahmoudiVolleyball
Farhad GhaemiVolleyball
Amir GhafourVolleyball
Mojtaba MirzajanpourVolleyball
Adel GholamiVolleyball
Hamzeh ZariniVolleyball
Mehdi MahdaviVolleyball
Mostafa SharifatVolleyball
Mahdi MarandiVolleyball
Behdad Salimi KordasiabiWeightlifting
Kianoush RostamiWeightlifting
Sohrab MoradiWeightlifting
Mohammadreza BarariWeightlifting
Ali HashemiWeightlifting
Hamid SourianWrestling
Hassan YazdaniWrestling
Reza YazdaniWrestling
Saeid AbdevaliWrestling
Omid NorouziWrestling
Hassan RahimiWrestling
Komeil GhasemiWrestling
Ghasem RezaeiWrestling
Alireza KarimiWrestling
Bashir Asgari Babajanzadeh DarziWrestling
Habibollah AkhlaghiWrestling
Meysam NasiriWrestling

Olympic Medals Tally Iran

London 2012Summer Games1416
Beijing 2008Summer Games1012
Athens 2004Summer Games2226
Sydney 2000Summer Games3014
Atlanta 1996Summer Games1113
Barcelona 1992Summer Games0235
Montreal 1976Summer Games0112
Munich 1972Summer Games0213
Mexico 1968Summer Games2125
Tokyo1964Summer Games0022
Rome 1960Summer Games0134
Melbourne / Stockholm 1956Summer Games2215
Helsinki 1952Summer Games0347
London 1948Summer Games0011

Last Updated On : August 05, 2016

Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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