Originally from Dehloran, Javad Foroughi was born on September 11, 1979 and is a professional shooter for the Iranian national team.
He competed for Iran in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol and Mixed 10m Air Pistol Team events at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
On July 24th, 2020, Foroughi competed in the men’s 10 metre air pistol event at the Olympics. A finals participant, he placed 5th overall with a score of 580.
With a first-round score of 101.0, he took an early lead in the championship, leaving Pang Wei in second place, with 99.7.
In the final phase of competition, Foroughi maintained his advantage over Serbia’s Damir Mikec and came out on top, claiming the gold medal.
The score of 244.8 by Foroughi is an Olympic record. His victory marked Iran’s first Olympic medal in the sport of Shooting.
Foroughi, then age 41, set a record as Iran’s oldest Olympic medalist. At the age of 38, Mahmoud Namjoo earned a bronze medal in Melbourne in 1956.
Javad Foroughi Calls Himself Soldier of His Country
Javad Foroughi, the new men’s 10m air pistol Olympic champion from Iran, called himself a soldier of his country.
In preparation for the Olympics, he worked as a nurse in COVID-19 wards. On Saturday, the 41-year-old Foroughi won gold after setting a new Olympic record with 244.8 points.
The lineup also included India’s Saurabh Chaudhary, who placed seventh after leading qualifiers.
Korean Criticises: ‘How Can a Terrorist Win Gold?’
For permitting a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to compete and win a gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol event.
Korean marksman Jin Jong-oh has criticised the International Olympic Committee, asking, “How can a terrorist win first place?” The most ludicrous and outrageous thing imaginable.
The six-time Olympic medalist told the Korea Times that it was “absolute lunacy” to let Javad Foroughi compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
Because he was a member of an IRGC militia, which the United States has designated as a terrorist organisation.
After overcoming the initial infection, he contracted it again and had to forego training for a whole month.
The seasoned shooter has been in top form so far this year, adding a gold medal from the ISSF World Cup held in Croatia in June to the one he earned in March at the World Cup held in Delhi.
He had only one piece of advice for the world as it continues to fight the virus: adhere to all health and safety standards recommended by medical professionals.