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IZADYAR Shahin
Sport Para swimming
NPC Iran   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthKaraj, IRI
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Persian
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
Hobbies
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)
Milestones
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)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (shahraranews.ir, 10 Sep 2020)
Other information
TOKYO DISAPPOINTMENT
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." (mehrnews.com, 07 Apr 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:28.51
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S10 25.97
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S10 57.91
8 2012 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:12.47
8 2016 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:10.82
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S10 25.32
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S10 26.38
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM10  DSQ
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S10 57.42
6 2019 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:12.90
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 50m Freestyle S10 25.49
2 2014 100m Freestyle S10 57.05
2 2014 100m Butterfly S10 1:04.39
2 2014 400m Freestyle S10 4:40.38
3 2014 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:35.43
2 2014 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:12.32
  2014 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  DSQ
8 2014 100m Backstroke S10  DSQ
1 2018 100m Butterfly S10 1:07.12
1 2018 100m Freestyle S10 57.15
1 2018 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:27.07
1 2018 50m Freestyle S10 25.95
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:14.71
2 2018 400m Freestyle S10 4:41.23
1 2018 100m Backstroke S10 1:09.23