Iran

History

Iran made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1900 when fencer Freydoun Malkom took part. The nation would not return until 1948 and has competed ever since, with the exceptions of 1980 and 1984. Iran sends a moderately size delegation to the Olympics with at least 50 athletes competing at the previous three games. The nation competes in a variety of sports with athletics, boxing, cycling, judo, shooting, taekwondo, weightlifting and wrestling being the most common.

Iran won its first medal in 1948 and has medaled at each Olympics since. In total the nation has won 68 medals across four sports with wrestling (43) and weightlifting (18) being the most successful sports. The most successful athletes are weightlifter Mohammad Nassiri, taekwondo athlete Hadi Saei and wrestler Gholamreza Takhti whom all won three medals. Nassiri won gold (1968) and silver (1972) in the men’s -56kg and bronze (1976) in the men’s -52kg. Saei won gold (2004) and bronze (2000) in the men’s -68kg and gold (2008) in the men’s -80kg. Takhti won silver (1952) in the men’s freestyle -79kg and gold (1956) and silver (1960) in the men’s freestyle -87kg. In 2016 Iran won 8 medals.

Qualified Quotas

Archery

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Individual Milad Vaziri

Athletics

Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 100m Hassan Taftian
Men’s Discus Throw Ehsan Hadadi

Basketball

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Tournament Meisam Mirzaei
Sajjad Mashayekhi
Hamed Hosseinzadeh
Behnam Yakchali
Rasoul Mozaffari
Mohammad Jamshidi
Samad Nikkhah Bahrami
Hamed Haddadi
Arman Zangeneh
Mike Rostampour
Aaron Geramipoor
Mohammad Hassanzadeh

Boxing

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Featherweight Danial Shahbakhsh
Men’s Middleweight Shahin Mousavi

Cycling

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Road Race Qualified Via Rankings
Men’s Time Trial Qualified Via Rankings

Karate

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s -75kg Bahman Askari
Men’s +75kg Sajjad Ganjzadeh
Women’s -55kg Sara Bahmanyar
Women’s +61kg Hamideh Abbasali

Shooting

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Mahyar Sedaghat
Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Fatemeh Karamzadeh
Women’s 10m Air Rifle
(1) (2)
Najmeh Khedmati
Armina Sadeghian
Men’s 10m Air Pistol Javad Foroughi
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Hanieh Rostamian
Mixed Team 10m Air Pistol Eligible to Compete

Taekwondo

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s -58kg Armin Hadipour
Men’s -68kg Mirhashem Hosseini

Volleyball

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Indoor Volleyball Shahram Mahmoudi
Milad Ebadipour
Reza Abedini
Saeid Marouf
Mohammad Mousavi
Pouria Fayazi
Mohammad Reza Hazratpour
Mojtaba Mirzajanpour
Ali Asghar Mojarrad
Ali Shafiei
Mohammad Reza Moazzen
Porya Yali
Morteza Sharifi
Javad Karimi

Wrestling

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Freestyle -57kg Reza Atri
Men’s Freestyle -86kg Hassan Yazdani
Men’s Freestyle -125kg Yadollah Mohebbi
Men’s Greco-Roman -60kg Alireza Nejati
Men’s Greco-Roman -77kg Mohammad Ali Geraei
Men’s Greco-Roman -130kg Amir Ghasemi