Ehsan Hadadi had told his fellow-competitor Gerd Kanter about his unbelievably massive training throw.
“I talked to him at the Diamond League in London. He told me there´s a venue in Iran which is always unbelievably windy and he has thrown 76m there,” the World Championships silver medalist Kanter said.
Ehsan Hadadi won Bronze today in the Men´s Discus. His best 66.06 (SB) came out in his last throw after Estonia´s Märt Israel came close with 65.20, finally he stood at 4th and Hadadi became the first Iranian track & field athlete to take a medal at the major championships among adults.
“I thought how would it feel to throw 12m less in competitions than in training. It made me to scratch my nape,” Kanter tried to light a flame.
There is a rumor that Virgilijus Alekna had thrown 76m in training camp (2006). This is more believable than Hadadi´s 76m because his lifetime best 73.88 ranks him all-time #2. Hadadi´s lifetime best is 69.32 since 2008 (Tallinn).
You can never know though. Estonia´n media has nicknamed him the Mysterious Iranian. In 2008 he came from nowhere and started collecting wins from reputable track & field meets. Won all the best throwers in the World, 3 times in a row and put a cherry on his cake with a new Asian record of 69.32 in Tallinn.
After a success Hadadi disappeared from the orbit and after months of pause he competed at the Olympic Games in Beijing, as one of the favorites. He ended up 17th with 61.34.
Ehsan Hadadi has won the Asian Championships 3 times.