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Alireza Mokhtari Hemami



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Esfahan, IRI
Higher education
Physical Education - Islamic Azad University: Esfahan, IRI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2005.
Why this sport?
He played sitting volleyball for 12 years from age 16. He switched to Para athletics as it was better suited to his impairment, and was encouraged by coach Nasrullah Ahadi.
Club / Team
Esfahan Province: Iran
Name of coach
Nasrullah Ahadi

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always quote Michael Phelps, who says that the key to success is to visualise all the good and the bad things that can potentially happen, so that you are not overwhelmed when they do." (, 13 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named Esfahan Province Male Para Athlete of the Year for 2018. (, 18 Mar 2019)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 13 Apr 2021)
His impairment is a result of the effects of polio, contracted at eight months old. (, 13 Apr 2021)
Other information
He dedicated his gold medal in the F53 shot put at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, to his late father and mother. "My parents recently passed away, so I dedicate this medal to them, especially my mother who was my biggest fan. She died two days after I went to Rio for the [2016] Paralympics and I could only finish fourth there because I was so upset. So this is for her." (, 21 Jul 2017)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2015-10-29 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53 Final 1 2017-07-21 1