Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
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, 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
Hasheminejad: Mashhad, IRI
Name of coach
Mehdi Ziaei [personal], IRI, from 2010
Supporting Iranian football club Persepolis, spending time with his pets. (ifpnews.com, 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. (mashreghnews.ir, 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. (sport.detik.com, 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 gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (irna.ir, 24 Oct 2018)
|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|
|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|