Nazarov wins hammer for Tajikistan's first gold medal

Dilshod Nazarov handed Tajikistan its first ever Olympic gold medal when he won the men\'s hammer.

Published: 20th August 2016 12:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2016 12:35 PM   |  A+A-

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Tadjikistan's Dilshod Nazarov competes in the men's hammer throw final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. | AP

By AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO: Dilshod Nazarov handed Tajikistan its first ever Olympic gold medal when he won the men's hammer on Friday.

Nazarov, world silver medallist in Beijing last year, heaved a best of 78.68 metres to finish ahead of Belarus' convicted doping cheat Ivan Tsikhan (77.79m).

Poland's Wojciech Nowicki claimed bronze with a best of 77.73m.

"The reaction back home is going to be hard to imagine. I've got hundreds, maybe thousands of 'likes' on my Facebook account, so I think the country were behind me tonight," said Nazarov.

"Everything was very good but I am so tired after the competition.

"The heat wasn't a problem, because in my country it is almost the same, it is normal."

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