Iran Close to Appointing Mac Wilkins As Hadaddi’s Coach
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian discus thrower Ehsan Haddadi says an agreement has been reached with American athletic coach Mac Wilkins.
Haddadi won the nation's first ever athletics medal in Olympics with a silver. He finished in second place in 2012 Olympic Games in London with a throw of 68.18 meters.
Haddadi has recently traveled to the US.to negotiate with Mac Wilkins on behalf of Iran’s Athletic Federation.
“I’ve talked to Mr. Wilkins and he told me I can throw more than 70 meters. I am going to win a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and a medal in 2020 Olympic Games,” Haddadi said.
Wilkins competed for the United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the discus throw, where he won the gold medal with a distance of 67.50 m to defeat Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany.
He also won a silver medal in the discus throw at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. He placed 5th in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.