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MEHRZADSELAKJANI Morteza
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Iran   
GenderMen
Age31
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
D
Further Personal Information
Residence
Iran
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing sitting volleyball in 2011.
Why this sport?
Iranian national coach Hadi Rezaei saw him on a television show that featured people with physical impairments and unusual talents. Rezaei contacted the network and was put in touch with Mehrzadselakjani, who he persuaded to take up the sport.
Name of coach
Hadi Rezaei [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Outside hitter
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Iran
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Anji, CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Mehrzad (paralympic.org, 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the Best Spiker at the 2016 Intercontinental Cup in Anji, People's Republic of China. (worldparavolley.org, 2016)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with acromegaly at a young age, a condition that causes abnormal bone development during growth. At age 16 he fell off his bicycle and fractured his pelvis, which caused his right leg to stop growing, and it is now 15 centimetres shorter than his left leg. (nytimes.com, 11 Sep 2016; rio2016.com, 11 Sep 2016)
Other information
TALLEST PARALYMPIAN
Standing at a height of 246cm, he is the tallest known living man from the Islamic Republic of Iran. At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he became the tallest athlete to have competed at a Paralympic Games. (cnn.com, 15 Sep 2016; nytimes.com, 11 Sep 2016; rio2016.com, 11 Sep 2016; independent.co.uk, 15 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Team  
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Team