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Shahin Izadyar



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Higher education
Physical Education - Ferdowsi University of Mashhad: Iran

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2002 in Karaj, Islamic Republic of Iran, and took up the sport seriously at age 16.
Why this sport?
"My father was a taekwondo practitioner and I went to a taekwondo gym at age seven, but because of the high injury rate and because there was no Para taekwondo at the time, I switched to swimming. It was just for the sake of learning, and also because of my fear of water. I never thought I'd be able to go further in the field."
Club / Team
Razavi Khorasan Province: Iran
Name of coach
Mehdi Ziaei [personal], IRI, from 2010

General interest

Supporting Iranian football club Persepolis, spending time with his pets. (, 24 Oct 2018; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning six gold medals and a silver medal at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, and competing at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (, 21 Jun 2019; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Athlete at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (, 15 Oct 2018)
At the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia his six gold medals made him the first Iranian Para athlete from any sport to win more than four Asian Para Games gold medals, and the first Iranian Para swimmer to win more than one Asian Para Games gold medal. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Nov 2019)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (, 10 Sep 2020)
Other information
He expressed his disappointment that the National Paralympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran did not send a swimming team to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but said he came to terms with the decision. "I was shocked. If I competed in Tokyo I would definitely win a medal. When I was informed of this decision, I felt as though someone poured cold water over me. For several weeks I was completely broken mentally. But in the end I was able to cope with it. I thought that if I was sent to Tokyo, I might face another injury or issue that would neither allow me to do well there nor to prepare well for future events." (, 07 Apr 2021)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2012-08-30 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-08-31 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-09-06 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2012-09-08 8
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2016-09-08 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2016-09-08 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2016-09-09 4